The Invasive Species Awareness Coalition of Dubois County (ISAC) is hosting another volunteer workday to help improve native habitat and parklands in Dubois County. The workday is on Saturday, November 19 from 8:30 am to 12 noon. Volunteers are requested to spend the morning helping improve the natural habitat in the Dubois County Park around the lake, trails and campground. Members from ISAC identified invasive plants in the area earlier this fall, and have discussed invasive species issues with the Park board and staff. Targeted invasive plants for the day will be autumn olive, Japanese honeysuckle and multiflora rose. Donated pecan tree seedlings will also be planted.
Anyone interested in helping improve the natural beauty of the park is encouraged to volunteer to help out. No knowledge of plant species is necessary, as volunteers will be grouped with knowledgeable ISAC members to help eradicate invasive plants. Any resident who would like to volunteer is asked to RSVP to group president Ron Rathfon. He can be contacted at 812-678-5049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and are asked to bring work gloves and their own pruners, loppers or handsaws. The workday volunteers will meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the lake, just across from the 4H Fairgrounds.
ISAC Dubois County was formed last year to focus on public awareness, mapping and eradication of invasive species in Dubois County. The group is made up of concerned landowners, nature buffs, public lands managers and natural resource professionals. ISAC intends to continue to host volunteer days at other public lands across Dubois County in the future. For more information about the group, go to www.isacdc.org or call 812-678-5049.