Natural Living & Education Center in Asheville NC

Blue Ridge Mountains

Mountain True Seminar & Volunteer Phase 3

Date(s) - 05/14/2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

OM Sanctuary

OMS Holistic Management Plan – Restoration

Join us and help restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants at OM Sanctuary!

Mountain True will provide all gloves, equipment and instruction needed for up to 15 volunteers. If you have your own equipment, please note that in the Volunteer Registration as this will allow for a larger group of volunteers. Please bring snacks, water, rain jacket and wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and closed toe shoes (no open shoes or sandals allowed for safety).

Phase 3: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuition: by donation or time
Registration: Volunteer Form

Volunteers will focus on the introduction to the Tranquility Trail,

Prayer Rock Trail, and Prayer Rock Circle in preparation for upcoming sacred ceremonies and as a meditation destination. The goal for the volunteers will be to remove and treat these areas as well as define the Prayer Rock Circle, similar to a medicine wheel outline, with larger stones and leave space for the smaller prayer stones.

Not only will volunteers be able to assist in restoring 40-acres of urban forest, but will also:

  • Learn the history of the Conservation Easement between OM Sanctuary and Mountain True
  • Participate in a Safety Training and Educational with Certified Instructors
  • Be introduced to invasive plants, methods of removal, and all necessary equipment
  • Have the opportunity to meet and interact with experts in this field as well as other volunteers

Why help?

While being able to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about our environment, volunteers are also making a strong, positive impact. Invasive plants can have direct consequences to plants, species, and wildlife.

  • Native wildlife species adapted over thousands of years to our native plants (berries, seeds, nuts, and foliage) and get the nutrition that they need from those plants. While invasive, exotic plants are great for the species where they are from, but they do not supply the nutrition for our species and are essentially junk food for wildlife. Animals then are not getting the nutrition they need, so it weakens their immune system, which can lead to infections or illness. This also has an indirect consequence as non-native invasives are not adapted to, and cause disruptions in, the growth of our native soil.
  • Cedar waxwings, also known as Mountain Ash, in Georgia fed on Nandinas (which are non-native) and almost the entire flock fell to the ground. Although, they are not poisonous, these waxwings were not able to digest them and they essentially overdosed.
  • Waterfowl in South Carolina were not able to keep themselves upright in the water, fly or stay upright while walking. They were feeding on 3 different aquatic invasives. Those plants harbor bacteria (blue-green algae), which were attacking the cover of the nerves in their brain and causing serious damage or death. Those Waterfowl were then being attacked and eaten by Eagles, which were in turn contracting the bacteria and bringing it back to their nest and Eaglettes.

Thank you for helping make a difference!