Volunteers Needed for Invasive Species Weekend Work Day

The Invasive Species Awareness Coalition (ISAC) of Dubois County will be having a work day on Saturday, September 30 from 9 AM to Noon, EDT. Volunteers are encouraged to join the ISAC work crew at the Dubois County Park, right behind the Dubois County Fairgrounds at 4157 S SR 162, between Jasper and Bretzville. The group will meet in the gravel parking lot near the Precious Angels Monument. All volunteers will be treated to a free lunch at Noon. Registration is requested by 4 PM Friday, September 29.

ISAC of Dubois County focuses on identification, public awareness, mapping and eradication of invasive species in Dubois County. Some of the invasive species to be targeted at the workday include Autumn Olive, Bush Honeysuckle, Burning Bush, and Bradford Pear. These and other non-native invasive species dominate an area and keep the native plants from growing. When the native plants disappear from an area, the wildlife that depend on them cannot survive. Addressing the non-native invasive species allows the native plants, songbirds, and wildlife to once again thrive in their ecosystems.

Ron Rathfon, Extension Forester for the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center will provide invasive species identification tips for all volunteers. Rathfon will also instruct the volunteers on the best control methods for the invasives. Volunteers will be paired with experienced crew leaders as they work in the wooded areas.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, hand saws, loppers, and appropriate foot gear. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Drinking water will be provided.

Soup and sandwiches will be provided at noon for all pre-registered volunteers.

For more information and to register, contact Ron Rathfon at (812) 788-0446, or the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District office at (812) 482-1171 Ext. 3, or by e-mail at judi.brown@in.nacdnet.net. Registrations are requested by Friday, September 29 at 4 PM.

Visit the Invasive Species Awareness Coalition’s website at ISAC of Dubois County for more information about invasive species, and ISAC.

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