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First Hitch of Fall

This week, our crew spent time in Shenandoah National Park, performing a variety of

projects. We removed locust trees from the Big Meadow — they are a pioneer species
that threatens the meadow's environment. Next, we moved on to creating a wider trail
corridor in the backcountry along the Bluff Trail. We also learned about invasive species
like Japanese Stiltgrass, Oriental Bittersweet, and Mile a Minute. Our crew helped
remove these invasive species and collected native seeds to plant in areas where
invasives had already been removed. On our last day, we broke down and carried out
fencing from an enclosure for research on deer by the Smithsonian.

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