9:00am to 12:00pm
The Hoffman Sanctuary is easily accessible via Rte. 287 N or S, Exit 30B.
- Invasive species removal:
* Cutting Japanese Barberry, a 3’ to 4’ tall thorny shrub that is symptomatic of too many deer. At high density, this invasive plant changes the pH of the soil, which in turn, inhibits the germination of native plant species. Our goal is to cut back Barberry in areas not easily accessible to machines or where we do not have fire breaks which are other means to remove invasive plants. These prioritized areas are close to our property line with Morristown National Historic Park.
* Cutting and bagging Japanese knotweed along the river corridor.
- Planting native plants:
* Transplanting New York Fern plugs from a field site and planting them next to road and parking lot borders. This is a relatively fast-spreading fern that deer do not eat. The ferns will replace lawns that need to be mowed with beds of native plants.
* Planting those unsold potted plants from the prior weekend’s Native Plant Sale.
- Spreading wood chips on trails. In this activity, two people load the gator, two ride, and two spread wood chips after the dump. The hard part is the loading by hand with pitch forks. On the bright side, the loaders get a 10 minute break during the dumping. (Eric Stiles, the NJ Audubon CEO, has volunteered for the loading job.
- Painting the front and rear porch at the onsite HQ building.
We will be at work until noon and then break for lunch. Snacks, drinks and a light lunch will be offered or you are welcome to bring your own. Eat lunch on-site while enjoying the view or watching the birds at the feeders before the optional hiking tour of the Sanctuary at 1:00 pm. Birders, bring your binoculars!