2009-10-08 / Local & State

Volunteers Needed To Clean Up State Forest

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Buchanan State Forest District forester James Smith is calling for volunteers to help remove illegally dumped trash and control invasive plants during a state forest cleanup at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 20, along state Route 928 in Ayr Township, Fulton County. In addition to offering their time for community service, volunteers can view some of the new facilities at the “Kerper Tract” as it is known.

Purchased in 1934 by Ohioborn lawyer and amateur naturalist Edmund Kerper, the land has undergone a dramatic transformation since then. Most of the bottomland was under cultivation when Kerper moved there but one of his goals was to create a sanctuary for songbirds. Each spring he hired temporary workers to plant trees, flowers and flowering shrubs, thus creating a kind of botanical garden and arboretum.

Today, many of these plants are invasive. Some shrubs that will be targeted during the workday are multiflora rose, autumn olive, Japanese barberry, burning bush and Chinese privet.

Volunteers should register by calling Dave Scamardella at 485- 3148.

Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves and work gloves. All volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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