The Nature Conservancy asked the Coalition for help removing kudzu from the Bat Cave Preserve, which is near the town of Bat Cave, North Carolina. The kudzu site is inside Hickory Nut Gorge, along the Rocky Broad River. It is a place with wonderful natural beauty. October 2006.
The beauty is marred by outbreaks of kudzu, as these two examples illustrate. October 2006.
Nature Conservancy members, and Coalition volunteers, attack the outbreaks. October 2006.
The Coalition returned in late April 2007 as part of a program by The Nature Conservancy to provide general training to AmeriCorps workers on invasive species and kudzu abatement at Bat Cave. Following a presentation of Kudzu Kollege to the workers, the kudzu infestation site along the Rocky Broad River was revisited to remove any kudzu that might remain. Besides comprising the "hands-on" portion of Kudzu Kollege, it was also an instance of the Coalition's "Kudzu SWAT Team" in action. That is, this is a case where the Coalition works to remove kudzu far from its home base of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The kudzu infestation in the Preserve is on a steep embankment along the river, a portion of which is seen behind the workers in the left photograph. The right photograph shows Coalition volunteer Rich Mead suspended by rope to reach crowns embedded in the embankment. April 2007.
Fortunately, relatively little kudzu was found. About five trash bags were filled with kudzu plant material for removal from the preserve, to insure that kudzu did not sprout from the debris. A portion of such a bag appears left in the photograph, a portrait taken of the work group. April 2007.
A visit to the caves capped a fine work day! April 2007.