Reported by John Shannon
On National Public Lands Day, Shenandoah National Park carries out projects to improve specific areas of the park. One of those projects, which the chapter participated in last year and this year, was clearing black locust at Big Meadows in order to have an open grassland area.
This year, at the northern end of the open area, volunteers cut locust with loppers and small saws. Afterwards, a Park Service biological control technician sprayed the stumps with herbicide to prevent regrowth.
A couple of people from previous clearing projects were glad to see the Charlottesville touch of lemon raspberry cake. The Park Service offered volunteers small gifts in appreciation of their efforts.