The Invasive Plants Volunteer Squad is being implemented as a cooperative endeavor between The Friends of Pocahontas State Park, represented by Ben Hedges, and the Virginia State Parks District 4 Resource Manager, represented by Irene Frentz. Under the supervision of Irene, Ben will serve as the guide for ongoing working sessions to control invasive plants in Pocahontas State Park.
Working sessions will be available, via registration, most afternoons, both on weekdays and weekends, 1 to 4 PM. These working sessions will not be “one off”, requiring people with conflicting schedules to all be available for an occasional special event. Small teams of just two or a few volunteers will be the norm. Access to Signup Genius for registration is by invitation from Ben. To receive an invitation, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The description of IVSquad follows.
Mission: Assist Virginia State Parks District 4 staff in controlling invasive plants on park property.
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ARTICLE II, MISSION:
The mission of this 501c(3) organization is to operate on a non-profit basis, specializing in providing volunteer assistance to Pocahontas State Park. We shall provide labor and funding for programs and events that are in accordance with the mutual interests of both the Friends of Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Park.
While not specifically stated, the mission can easily be interpreted to include labor for maintaining the aesthetic value of the park’s natural scenery, that being in the mutual interest of the two parties. With a budget that provides minimum funding for maintaining aesthetic value, the park depends on volunteers to provide services such as litter collection, especially in outlying areas. That’s why Owen and I got together today to remove a load of trash that had been dumped at the Dean Forest Road parking lot.
When you see a need, lend a hand.