The 2016 BLN Work & Learn Field Day Series continues – and on August 9th, a group of 12 gathered at Cold Springs Seep in Haywood County to document the extent of non-native invasive plant occurrences (multiflora rose and autumn olive), assisting the U.S. Forest Service with prioritizing restoration initiatives and efficiently applying management at the site.
Gary Kauffman provided a tour and offered training on USFS protocol for NNIS inventorying. The group discussed land use history and ecological significance of the site.
Some of the highlights included seeing a hazelnut tree, bee balm in bloom, and fresh tracks likely from elk. Gary generously shared baked goods, chocolate treats and plenty of botanical wisdom, too!