Join the TPC Volunteer Crew as we “Take Back the Flats!”

Please join us for our first big workday on Saturday, March 28, for the kick-off of the 2020 Sycamore Flats Restoration Project to “Take Back the Flats!” We’ll be removing non-native invasive plant species and making space for native, pollinator-friendly plants in the riparian areas between the Davidson River and the Sycamore Flats Recreation Area.

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Sycamore Flats Recreation Area, 489 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. Meet at the picnic shelter by the front lawn
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Pack a lunch and water. Wear appropriate work clothing for the weather and for working in brushy areas — long pants, long sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes and work gloves (if you have a favorite pair). We’ll provide hard hats, safety glasses, work gloves, all necessary tools and equipment. There are restrooms on site.

Over the years, the riparian areas between the Davidson River and the Sycamore Flats Recreation Area — the “Gateway to Pisgah” — have become overrun with non-native invasive plant species such as Privet, Multiflora Rose, Honeysuckle, Ground Ivy and Japanese Stiltgrass. Many of you helped us tackle this “jungle” of invasive weeds on Pisgah Pride Day and during our 2019 TPC volunteer days, and your hard work has really made a difference! So much so, that we have decided to embark on a full-scale project in 2020 to restore this area, making space for growth of native, pollinator-friendly species such as Green-headed Coneflower, Mountain Sweet Pepperbush, Cardinal Flower, Wild Hydrangea, native ferns and many others that will begin to naturally populate the area once the non-native interlopers are removed.

This is a big project, so we’re partnering with a dream team of experts to plan and execute it. Under the guidance of Sue Fruchey, Botanist (USFS Pisgah National Forest) and Dave Casey (Pisgah District Ranger), TPC is collaborating with Bob Gale (Ecologist & Public Lands Director, MountainTrue) and Kelly Holdbrooks (Executive Director, Southern Highlands Reserve) to create and implement a sustainable plan to restore this area to its former glory.