Organizer: Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Blitz at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gorge Tail Water Area and Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve, Warren County, Ohio
Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, Cincinnati Wild Ones, the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and supporters as we sponsor Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from the Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Tail Water area and the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve.
Come help your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve was the third property acquired under the newly formed natural areas program in 1972. One of the preserve’s prime features is a gorge formed by glacial meltwaters cutting down through the bedrock. Steep walls formed, rising 180 feet above the river, with more than two miles of Caesar Creek flowing through the gorge. We will be working in the diverse habitat of this preserve area, which features heavily wooded hillsides above the gorge of beech, maple, hickory, oak and a luxuriant herbaceous-flora-covered floodplain. Rare plants occurring here include sweet Indian-plantain, large summer bluets, glade mallow, and Carolina willow. The Cincinnati Wild Ones have been working in these areas for over ten years with a very positive impact to wildflower diversity.
This is going to be a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a great lunch provided.
Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, and to tell us where you would like to volunteer. Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators must be pre-registered.
Bring your favorite tools: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers, and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools and safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Stump treatment will be furnished.
Directions: Meet at the Gorge parking lot off Clarksville Road. Take I-71 to Wilmington Road (exit 36). Head east on Wilmington Road. Take the first left onto Olive Branch Road (crossing over I-71). Take the first right onto Jeffrey Road. At the first stop sign, take Oregonia Road; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Road. Follow across the dam, turn left at the gorge sign, and drive to the parking lot. We’ll meet near the gorge shelter. (Note: if you’re looking at Google Maps, this area is called Caesar Creek Fishing Pier. DO NOT go to the state nature preserve area off Corwin Road.) Look for signs directing you to the event.