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Conservation Service Project - Harpers Ferry

posted Aug 19, 2018, 1:46 PM by Calendar BSATroop46Va
On Monday, January 16, 2017, Members of Boy Scout Troop 46 took part in a conservation service project. They assisted the National Park Service. The members completed two tasks. They cleaned up all garbage along a short section of the river where kayaks and rafts are often launched. During this portion of the service project they learned that there is such a thing as, "historic trash", and were  taught how to identify it and not to remove it if they found it. Second, they were taken to a section fo woods that had been invaded by English Ivy. English Ivyt is an invasive species of plant that was brought to our area unintentionally. The plant grows long runners that climb the trees and eventually choke the tree out killing it. The scouts were instructed on how to identify the plant and shown how to cut the vine near the ground in order to kill it. They were also informed that pulling the vine off the tree could damage the trees bark and cause the tree harm.

It was also great exercise because we did about 4 miles of hiking