* National Invasive Species Awareness Week Event at RibbonWalk Repair Day – Mar 9

National Invasive Species

March 3-8 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Come out and help stop those nasty invasives at beautiful RibbonWalk Nature Preserve!

For 2013 we’re moving our RibbonWalk Repair Day to the second Saturday of the month. So on March 9th, we’re calling on all Kudzu Killers, Invasive Warriors, and Treehuggers to join us for a few hours of service, some laughs and jokes, and a chance to stroll through the beautiful RibbonWalk Nature Preserve.

This Month we will continue removing another invasive plant on our kill list, the Autumn Olive. Come learn about this invasive species and how to remove it.

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve is a 188-acre urban forest, located in north central Mecklenburg County only four miles from center city Charlotte. Like the city in which it’s located, the preserve’s name is derived from Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. The Queen’s mother-in-law owned a woodland garden known as “RibbonWalk” because of how the paths “ribboned” their way through the forest. The preserve protects a diversity of forest and wetland habitats, including one of the oldest American beech tree groves in the region, over 75 trees designated in 1996 by the Mecklenburg County Treasure Tree Program as a “Treasure Tree Grove.” Some beeches measure over 35 inches in diameter. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve is a hidden gem that needs protection and caring.

Make plans to join us! The event is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available (carpool with a friend or neighbor). Children and friendly dogs (on a leash) are welcome.

Outing Information

Who: You! Sierra Club members, potential members, and those that love to preserve and protect the environment are welcome to join us.

What:RibbonWalk Nature Preserve. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve is a 188-acre urban forest, located in north central Mecklenburg County only four miles from center city Charlotte. The preserve protects a diversity of forest and wetland habitats, including one of the oldest American beech tree groves in the region.

When: Second Saturday of the month unless noted on the website (www.charlottesierraclub.org). A liability waiver is required for all participants. Work and fun from 9:00 until 12:00 PM. We often will take a short hike to end the day and be back at the parking lot between 12:00 and 12:30 PM. Can’t stay for the entire time? No problem.

Where: 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve is located in north central Mecklenburg County a mile north of the intersection of I-85 and I-77.

Get directions here on Google Maps

Why: The Sierra Club Central Piedmont group has adopted RibbonWalk as part of our conservation efforts and our Resilient Habitat campaign. With severe cutbacks to the Park & Rec budget, citizen volunteers are critical to helping to maintain our natural resources. Join us and make a difference.

What to bring: Dress in layers to stay warm. Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Please RSVP or for more information: Eamon Holmes at kudzukillers@gmail.com.

Download a RibbonWalk trail map at RibbonWalk Nature Preserve

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