Trail marker at Fortune's Cove Preserve, VA
Fortunes Cove Trail marker at Fortune's Cove Preserve, VA © Glenna Goldman/The Nature Conservancy

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Fortune's Cove Invasive Species Workday


The Nature Conservancy is again participating in the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 25. 

Volunteers will be improving the health of a native, oak-dominated forest at The Nature Conservancy's Fortune's Cove Preserve, a rugged mountainous property with more than 7 miles of trails. 

Volunteer teams will search for and cut down small invasive, exotic tree saplings with hand tools like loppers and handsaws. Volunteers are also needed to hike the trails and cut back overgrown vegetation, re-blaze sections of trail and perform general trail maintenance.

Plan on hard work, but enjoy rewarding landscape views at the ridgetop! Be prepared to hike into the preserve carrying tools for a mile or more. 

A confirmation email will be sent a few days before the workday with details such as directions, what to bring, etc. If interested and available, contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).