Mullein Adventure, Sat Mar 31st

On Saturday, March 31 we will be pulling the invasive plant mullein.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 and plan on being gone for 4 hours. Bring work gloves,water and a snack and be prepared to walk two or more miles over rough ground with boulders. Let Helen know at  volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org if you will be coming so we will know how many vehicles to have available.
Overview of project: Bobby Williamson and Bobby Glass are heading up a team to pull mullein each Saturday.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. and bring snacks, water and work gloves.  Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on rough ground.  Project lasts at least four hours for transportation time and work.  Any Saturday you plan to come please let Helen  know at  volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org.  That way we can be sure to have enough tools and trucks and we can let you know if we cancel because of weather or illness.

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin Dunn on January 30, 2018 at 2:19 am

    I would be interested in doing this. Is this done every Saturday?



  2. B on February 12, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Yes, pretty much it is every Saturday – but contact Helen at volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org for specifics for any given week.

    Sorry I didn’t answer this sooner – I’m still trying to figure out how to make comments show up where I can see them.

    B



  3. Henry Collins on May 11, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    How the plant is affecting the local flora?



  4. B on May 12, 2018 at 2:09 am

    It crowds out the native plants by growing in ever-enlarging dense colonies. The native plants are the food sources for the animals, from micro-fauna through the big grazing animals. My guess would be that it probably uses more water due top plant size, even though it has hairy leaves. I does change drainage too and may increase erosion by lose of the smaller plants to break up and disperse rain drops providing for less run-off.

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