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Audubon work session to focus on invasive vines

By Staff | Mar 4, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a volunteer work session at Shepherdstown’s Morgan’s Grove Park on Sunday, March 13. The session will be focused on severing invasive vines, both native and non-native, that are weighing down or girdling some of the park’s trees. It will be led by Shawn Walker, a certified Arborist and Master Naturalist, who will provide guidance and supervision.

Although the primary goal will be to help the park, this will also provide a good opportunity to learn proper techniques for handling invasive vines and to learn more about trees in general.

The session will start at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. Participants will meet in the lower parking lot near the railroad tracks.

There is no fee and anyone with an interest is invited. Children will be welcome, but must be supervised carefully because tools will be involved. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. To register, go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

Participants should plan to meet in the park’s lower parking lot, near the railroad tracks. They should dress for the weather, wear work shoes and work clothes and bring work gloves and safety glasses if they have them. They also should feel free to bring their own tools, such as loppers, saws and pruners. Tools, gloves and safety glasses will also be available onsite for those who need them.

Morgan’s Grove Park is a 25-acre public park that serves Shepherdstown and surrounding areas. It is owned by the Shepherdstown Community Club and operated by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission.

The park is located just southwest of Shepherdstown at 4198 Kearneysville Pike (Route 480).

If this event has to be cancelled because of winter weather, it will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 3.

For more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomac audubon.org or 703-303-1026.