March 24, 2018 to November 10, 2018
Do you enjoy hiking and getting outdoors? Become a Land Stewardship Volunteer! WPC owns and cares for more than 12,000 acres of land free and open to the public for outdoor recreation. Land Stewardship volunteers help keep these natural areas clean and safe. You can choose from a variety of locations to volunteer from March through November. It’s fun, hard work, and you’ll learn a lot, too! For example, you’ll learn from WPC staff about invasive plants that crowd out native species, and how to remove them. You may also work with staff to build and maintain hiking trails. Can we count on you to help protect these special places? Check out the schedule and pre-register today!
TRAIL MAINTENANCE - Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County
We’ll spend the day removing downed trees and otherwise cleaning up the trails and campsites.
TREE PLANTING - Plain Grove Fens Natural Area, Lawrence County
After reviewing planting techniques, we’ll plant about 300 native tree and shrub seedlings at two sites, totaling about 1.3 acre.
TRAIL REPAIR - Lake Pleasant Conservation Area, Erie County
We’ll install drainage improvements along the trail leading to the lake. If there’s time, we might grab some canoes and go for a paddle.
TRAIL REPAIR - Lower Elk Creek Nature Reserve, Erie County
We’ll install drainage improvements and paint the footbridge along the trail.
INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL & TRAIL MAINTENANCE - Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area, Butler County
We’ll cut back purple loosestrife and other invasives, and complete miscellaneous trail repairs.
TRAIL CONSTRUCTION - Casselman Conservation Area, Somerset County (tenative)
TIRE & DEBRIS CLEAN UP - Conneaut Marsh Natural Area, Cussewago Bottom Conservation Area and Mystic Valley Conservation Area, Crawford County
Removal of old tires and debris as part of the annual French Creek Clean-up. Please let us know at least a couple weeks prior if you plan to attend this workday, since we will register as the WPC Land Stewardship Team (2017 Winners!).
CONIFER PLANTATION MANAGEMENT - Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County
Over the next few years, we’ll be restoring areas of native forest within the planted pine and spruce plantations. Come learn about this unique pilot project, and help with tasks like tree girdling.
In addition to the Saturdays listed above, occasional weekday projects will be scheduled. Workdays are typically held rain or shine. If a workday is cancelled, a message will immediately be sent to the volunteer land steward email list (the website may not be updated for a day or so). To sign up for the email list or for further information, please contact:
Director of Land Stewardship