Garlic Mustard Pull North of Campbell Shelter on Earth Day!

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than helping to protect native species along the Appalachian Trail!

Please join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, Roanoke College, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for an invasive species workday near Campbell Shelter! The work party will be removing and controlling garlic mustard! Garlic Mustard is an invasive forb that outcompetes native understory species in large part due to the allelopathic chemicals in its roots that inhibit the growth of other plants. The work will entail hand-pulling this pesky invasive and bagging it up because garlic mustard is such a vigorous resprouter. The work trip will involve species ID so do not worry if you cannot identify this species yet.

The worksite is on the old road North of Campbell Shelter. There is a long hike (3.5-4 miles) from the trailhead to the project site. I will have a truck parked at the end of the fire road so that we do not have to hike out all our heavy garlic mustard bags. If possible, we will try to carpool to the work site, but be prepared to hike just in case we do not have enough high clearance vehicles.

Help us improve the AT! Through our work we’ll help native plants reestablish themselves, and enhance the surrounding habitat for wildlife.

You should bring: sturdy work clothes and boots, plenty of water, and lunch. Please bring gloves if you have them. Please dress appropriately for the weather as well. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle with clearance and would not mind carpooling folks up to Campbell Shelter please bring it. This will save on the hiking time and the carrying weight.

Carpool Info: We will be meeting at the Orange Market Parking Lot in Salem at 8:30 am to carpool up to the 311 Parking Lot. We will be arriving at the 311 Parking Lot (McAfee Knob lot) at 9 am for the work trip. The parking lot will be busy so please drive slow and carpool if you can.

Please contact Conner McBane by his cell at 540-525-6812 or email at cmcbane@appalachiantrail.org for more information. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!