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Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Richland Creek Giles Chemical Plant in Frog Level.

Haywood Waterways will be removing invasives also pulling locust/sycamore/poplar/etc in preparation for native streamside plantings. The organization will provide gloves, shovels, etc., but volunteers shold feel free to bring their own supplies, as well.

Volunteers are also needed to help with sediment surveys from 1-3 p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Pisgah National Forest near Sunburst Campground.

Haywood Waterways will be leading a sediment survey training in Pisgah National Forest for Trout Unlimited. \The Western NC Trail/Road Sedimentation Survey is designed to assess the amount of sediment entering streams.

Trout Unlimited Community Scientists walk trails and roads to identify and catalog locations where stormwater and sediment leave the pathway and enter the waterways.

While some amount of sediment is natural, increased sedimentation from these sources negatively affects Southern Appalachian trout populations and aquatic life by smothering stream-bottom habitat and decreasing water quality.

A volunteer’s work will help locate man-made sedimentation sources for future remediation.

For more information, including how to RSVP, contact Haywood Waterways Association Project Manager Caitlin Worsham at caitlinw.hwa@gmail.com or call 828-476-4667, ext. 12.

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