National Public Lands Day September 26, 2015
Trail Day at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Goal- Introduce others to the Refuge and have some fun
BRING A FRIEND (or two)
7:30 am Meet at Refuge Headquarters
24518 FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Volunteers should bring their own gear and tools they work with best. The refuge will have some weed whips, loppers, pruners, rakes and shovels.Bring water, wear closed shoes, hat and gloves.Disperse to Wabler Vista, Doeskin Ranch & Headquarters.
8:00-10:30 Trail Work
Warbler Vista- Cactus Rock & Ridgeline Trails- clean flood debris, cut back trees, shrubs. Reapply mulch at entrances to Ridgeline, Cactus Rocks & Sunset Deck. May install plants at kiosk.
Headquarters- Flood damage to Creek Trail lower loop, move boulders & rocks to clear trail. Cut back trees,grass & shrubs. Photo blind, cut back plants, remove Bermuda grass, trim and clean up area. HQ building clean up flower beds.
Doeskin- Shin Oak, Rimrock & Indiangrass Trails, cut back trees & shrubs from trails, weed whip tall grasses.
11:30-12:30 Meet the Refuge & Lunch Flying X
*(RSVP needed for lunch)
Refuge Update- David Maples, Acting Refuge Manager
Friends of Balcones- Dub Lyon, President
Biology Update- Jim Mueller. Refuge Zone Biologist
1:00- 3:00 Tour the Backcountry
Group 1 Peaceful Springs- see the newest acquisition planned for the refuge
Group 2 Simon Tract- tour cave entrance, Black-capped vireo habitat, habitat manipulation & grassland restoration
2:00 Group 1 Simon Tract- tour cave entrance, Black-capped vireo habitat, habitat manipulation & grassland restoration
Group 2 Peaceful Springs- see the newest acquisition planned for the refuge
*Lunch will be provided by JJ's Barbeque and served family style. Choose BBQ, fried chicken or vegetarian.
You MUST RSVP for lunch
Remember the goal of this Trail Day is to introduce others the the beautiful Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Grab a friend, family member or a stranger off the street