Garlic Mustard Pull North of Campbell Shelter

Garlic Mustard Pull North of Campbell Shelter!
Date: April 29th, 2017

Please join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club 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 up all of the plants 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. 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!

Garlic Mustard Challenge: Volunteers last spring rallied around the 2016 Garlic Mustard Challenge, and far surpassed the set goal of 3,100 lbs of garlic mustard by pulling a whopping 7,478 lbs. Due to the overwhelming success of the 2016 challenge, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is setting an even higher goal for 2017 of pulling 5,000 lbs of garlic mustard trail wide. Another reason that the ATC is conducting a third Garlic Mustard Challenge is because in order to effectively remove or reduce garlic mustard from any site, it is very important to revisit that location consecutive years due to the large seed bank within the soil.