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Cascades Mustard Garlic Pick, and Bouldering Day!
Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Apr 5, 2012

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Scheduled on Apr 28, 2012

Help us show the Forest Service and Cascades Recreational Area that the climbing community cares about preserving our parks! A good turnout of climbers from the community for this event will help fight the spread of this harmful invasive plant species and will foster continued access and good relations with the park.

On Saturday April 28th from 10:00-3:00 there is a volunteer community service opportunity to help the National Forest limit the spread of an invasive species called the “Mustard Garlic” plant. This plant was introduced from Asia and Europe and has since spread across the eastern United States. It is damaging to the local ecosystem and chokes out native plant species while also harming native species of butterflies. This species has no natural predators and lives well is light and dark conditions, so the Forest Service needs all the strong fingers it can get to yank out these weeds!

Show up at Crimper’s Climbing Gym in Christiansburg at 9:00am and we will all head out to the Cascades to start pulling plants at 10:00. We will pick from 10:00-maybe 3:00 and then we climbers will session from 3:00 until dark on some of the best local boulders around!
Wear some cloths that you don’t mind getting a little dirty, bring gloves, some food, and some water, and be ready to yank out some foliage!

Parking at the cascades is free on the 28th for volunteers, and we will try to carpool from Crimper’s as best we can with the crashpads and backpacks.

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