West Virginia

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2013 Partner Volunteer Opportunities in West Virginia

January 01, 2013 - December 31, 2013

West Virginia


There are many ways you can help protect nature in West Virginia by volunteering.  Check back regularly for ongoing opportunities with partner nature organizations.

Garlic Mustard Challenge
Various dates

Are you looking for an opportunity to get the family outside for a day of fun? Then look no further than the 2013 Garlic Mustard Challenge! The GMC is a series of events that seeks to provide your family with a day of free, outdoor fun while working to protect the beautiful public lands that we all love. This year, our goal is even bigger! We want to remove 50,000 pounds of garlic mustard to help protect our native forests, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Garlic Mustard is trouble. It is a particularly nasty, non-native invasive species that thrives in partial shade and has no trouble growing in forest understories. Garlic mustard can quickly take over an area crowding out our native plants including trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, ramps, and our beautiful, often vulnerable, native orchids. Garlic mustard even produces chemicals that can keep our native plants from being able to grow!

Garlic mustard also does a number on two rare butterfly species. The mustard white butterfly and the West Virginia white butterfly sometimes mistakenly lay their eggs on garlic mustard instead of their native host plants. The results are disastrous. The eggs hatch, but the caterpillars die before they can form a chrysalis.

Only an army of volunteers can help get rid of this invasive species! Please join us for the 2013 Garlic Mustard Challenge and together we can stop the spread of one of the most invasive species found in our states. Get a group of friends and join one of our organized pulls. Visit our Calendar of Events for a full list of our pulls.

The Garlic Mustard Challenge is brought to you by the Monongahela National Forest, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, and the Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area. Learn More at http://www.phcwpma.org/GarlicMustard.cfm

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Spruce Planting
Saturday, April 20: 10 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to plant spruce trees at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR) on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Meet at the CVNWR Headquarters on Rt. 32 where volunteers will be briefed on the scope of the restoration project and trained for tree planting. The planting is sponsored by the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Central Appalachians Spruce Restoration Initiative. For more information please contact Evan Burks ejburks@fs.fed.us or Dawn Washington Dawn_Washington@fws.gov.





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