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NCAMN – Lost Valley Invasive Species Control
September 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
NCAMN members will join the Buffalo River Partners in an effort to control invasive Japanese Stiltgrass at Lost Valley on September 16, 2017 from 9:30am to noon.
A nonnative invasive plant, Japanese Stiltgrass is spreading in Buffalo National River area. Believed to have arrived in the US as packaging material for ceramics, the plant is a late blooming annual generally not dropping seed until autumn. As the grass grows during summer, it drapes over other plants, and on dying after seeding, forms a thatch, smothering plants underneath.
If allowed to spread in Lost Valley where tourists are attracted in early spring by the spectacular native wildflower display, Japanese Stiltgrass will eventually kill off the wildflowers and cover the forest floor. It has no known use to wildlife. Therefore, we plan to pull Japanese Stiltgrass just before it seeds. It is loosely rooted and easy to pull. Our efforts won’t eradicate it, but can protect the wildflowers.
We will need many volunteers as the plant is growing along the entrance road, parking lot, and amphitheater area. Please mark you calendar and plan to come, learn about Japanese Stiltgrass, and help save native wildflowers.
Carpoolers will meet at Flippin Walmart Parking lot to leave at 8:00 am. Bring your water and a sack lunch and we’ll picnic after the “pull.”
For more information contact Dwan Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-688-0961.
Activity: 207 Planting and Restoration
Sponsor: National Park Service