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Volunteer Monitoring
Events and Training Opportunities
June 2010

June 26: Japanese knotweed Removal: Pequannock River Watershed
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Appelt Park in Riverdale, on the east side of Hamburg Turnpike, about ½ mile north of Rt. 287. The goal is to remove japanese knotweed from the park and eventually replace it with native trees and shrubs. Japanese knotweed, a plant invader from Asia, grows to heights of 12 feet, forming dense stands along rivers and streams, and offers no benefit to our wildlife. This weed has been forcing out native vegetation and gobbling up the Pequannock riverbank. Time for it to go! Please give us a hand! Drinks, tools, and gloves will be provided, but extra shovels are welcome. There will be tasks to suit everyone at every age or energy level. These efforts will not only prepare the park for replanting in 2011 with native shrubs and trees, but will also help spread the word about the danger that these invasive plants pose. it just won't happen without a good deal of help. We need you!! Bring a friend, a neighbor, son or daughter. Please turn out for this event! For additional information, contact Ross Kushner, Executive Director, Pequannock River Coalition at 973-492-3212 or www.pequannockriver.org.

Additional stream training opportunities are available through the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program, AmeriCorps. Please contact your local AmeriCorps member for information on you local training events. You can find your local member at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watershedmgt/ambassadors_index.htm

For more information, please contact Danielle Donkersloot at 609-633-9241 or danielle.donkersloot @ dep.state.nj.us.

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Last Updated: June 23, 2010