Volunteer with Wild South this Saturday

Wild South volunteer Melony Terry demonstrates that privet control is dirty work.

Chinese privet is the most threatening non-native invasive plant species in the Sipsey Wilderness.

Privet control is physically demanding, dirty, strenuous work that requires a lot of bending, stooping, pulling by hand and with tools, and carrying large bundles of privet up out of the floodplain.

If this sounds like rewarding fun to you, it is!  Come join us on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Our project will take place on Thompson Creek on the western side of the Sipsey Wilderness. Access will be Trail 206, which follows Thompson Creek.  

From the 206 trailhead, we will walk all the way to the Sipsey Fork, about 2.5 miles, and the majority of our work will take place at the confluence with Thompson Creek.  That’s at least 5 miles round-trip with a lot of walking and working in between getting there and leaving.

Bring a small backpack with lunch, snacks, plenty of drinking water (or water filter); work gloves; a hardhat if you have one.

Wear clothes that are comfortable for hiking, appropriate for the weather, long pants, and closed-toe sturdy boots. There will be lots of mud!

We will provide tools, but if you have loppers or hand-pruners, please bring them.  We also provide hardhats and safety glasses for those who do not bring their own.

No dogs and no smoking, please, on Wild South work projects.

After signing up, meet the group at the Wild South office by 8:30, or at the Thompson Creek trailhead (206) by 9:30 if that is more convenient.  Please let us know if you will meet us at the trailhead and include a phone number in your e-mail.

Sign up at Janice@wildsouth.org, or by calling 256-974-6166. 

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