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Western Mountains Chapter: Invasive Species Removal Project

  • 04/11/2016
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Savage River State Forest, Garrett County
Battling Botanical Bullies at Bear Pen

April 11 and 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 am each day

Adult volunteers are needed to continue control efforts of Japanese spiraea and garlic mustard in the Bear Pen Run area of Savage River State Forest. Bear Pen is designated as a Type 1 Wildland and like other natural areas around the State is threatened by a variety of exotic invasive species. 

Savage River State Forest is providing logistical support. The Savage River Watershed Association is loaning collection buckets and gloves for the removal work. The Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS is sponsoring the project and will provide snacks and drinks for volunteers. Free camping is available for volunteers on April 10 and 11 at Big Run or New Germany State Park. 

Participants should wear water-proof trail shoes and carry their own water. Sorry, but no pets are allowed and no rest rooms are available. 

Registration is required but is not available through this website. To register (or for more details on the project or camping), please contact Ron Boyer by phone at 301-895-3686 or by email at

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