The Friends of Boggs Mountain will be hosting a talk by Joshua Hamrick, Student Conservation Association (SCA) Wilderness Inventory Intern of the Upper Lake office of the Mendocino National Forest (MNF), on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10am at Boggs Mountain.
Joshua, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate from Marshall University in West Virginia, came on board the MNF this past April, and has spent the last three months scouting trails in the Snow Mountain Wilderness, assessing the prevalence of various non-native invasive plant species in the area. Among the target list of about 35 plants are Yellow starthistle, Canada, Bull and Milk thistles, Teasel, Scotch, French and Spanish broom, Tamarisk, and various grasses. The audience will learn how invasive species can impact native habitats and wildlife, and ways we can help preserve our native habitats.
Part of Joshua’s internship includes projects in wilderness education and outreach, and those interested in visiting the Snow Mountain Wilderness and other areas of the Mendocino National Forest will benefit from his knowledge gathered from recent hikes and backpacking explorations of the area. Joshua will continue his backcountry explorations through the end of June, and those who are fit and capable of hiking steep, off-trail areas and are interested in volunteering to help with surveys can contact him directly at email@example.com.
Please bring a foldable chair for the talk; refreshments will be available. The venue will be across the main parking lot, and the talk will begin at 10am. The forest entrance is located off Highway 175, just 1 ½ miles north of Cobb Village, at the blue State Fire Station/Boggs Mountain Forest sign. For further information, please contact Gigi Stahl at 707-809-5299.