Crow’s Nest: MLK Day of Service

January 19, 2023

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Volunteers bundled up against the cold on a hayride to a project area at Crow's Nest Preserve

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Volunteers came out to many Natural Lands preserves on Monday to work in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., undertaking projects that improve the preserves for nature and visitors alike. At Crow’s Nest we hosted an extremely successful day clearing invasive plants from one hedgerow.

The day was notable first for how cold it was at the beginning—but the group was bundled up and prepared for the temperatures. We took a short hayride to the project area, which fortunately is located on a south slope protected from the wind and warmed by the sun. In no time we were shedding layers as we chatted and clipped and sawed canes of invasive shrub honeysuckle.

Volunteers cutting invasive plants in a hedgerow on a sunny day

Photo: Daniel Barringer

We are grateful for this work that you can see on the red trail as it passes through this hedgerow on its way to the Deep Woods.