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Stilt Grass Removal, Lost Valley, Saturday, September 16, 9:30 – noon–Volunteer Opportunity
September 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
An alien is invading Lost Valley! This alien has the power to smother Lost Valley’s spectacular wildflower welcome to spring! Japanese Stilt Grass is a nonnative invasive plant which can form an impenetrable thatch over areas, thus preventing spring flowers from emerging.
Believed to have arrived in the US as packaging material for ceramics, the plant is a late blooming annual generally not dropping seed until autumn. As the grass grows during summer, it drapes over other plants, and on dying after seeding, forms a thatch, smothering plants underneath.
If allowed to spread in Lost Valley where tourists are attracted in early spring by the spectacular native wildflower display, Japanese Stiltgrass will eventually kill off the wildflowers and cover the forest floor. It has no known use to wildlife. Therefore, Buffalo River Partners plan to pull Japanese Stiltgrass just before it seeds. It is loosely rooted and easy to pull. Our efforts won’t eradicate it, but can protect the wildflowers.
We will need many volunteers as the plant is growing along the entrance road, parking lot and amphitheater area. Please meet at the Lost Valley parking lot on Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 and plan to come, learn about Japanese Stiltgrass, and help save native wildflowers. We will work until about noon. Be a Volunteer in the Park!
So that the organizer can get a better idea of how many volunteers will be there, please fill out the registration form below.