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2014-11-06

HCSNA Trail Work Day set Nov. 10

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The Hill Country State Natural Area will conduct a Trail Work Day Monday, Nov. 10, from 9 am to noon.
There are invasive exotic plants along the riparian area on the banks of West Verde Creek that need to be removed. Wear boots that might get muddy, work gloves, long sleeves and long pants. If you have long handled loppers or saws that are suitable to deal with small branches, please bring them. The park does have some tools and gloves to loan.
Plants that are considered invasive exotics can compete with native plants and sometimes can completely take over native vegetation that is necessary for a healthy and natural riparian habitat.
"Our efforts on Monday will not complete the battle but I'm hoping that some of you, after this training, will be able to return and take up this project on a regular basis," ranger Leanne Beauxbeannes said. "I will be happy to help identify the large diversity of riparian plants as we work on one of my favorite places in our State Natural Area."
Bring your own picnic if you stay for lunch.
It wouldn't hurt to call ahead of time at 830-796-4413 to let them know you are coming.
Future events include a nature walk, "Autumn in the Hill Country," Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. There will be another walk Friday, Nov. 21 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Coming in 2015 is the First Day Hike Thursday, Jan. 1, from 10 am to noon.
There is also the sixth annual Cowgirl Round-up and Show-deo at the park.