If we don't act now, all of the natural and human history of this rare environment will be lost forever.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
volunteer for a workday
Like to be outside, working on the land? This is the most active part of our restoration efforts. Work days are held during the late fall, winter and early spring to avoid the active growing season. The weather is chilly but invigorating as we remove cedar and pine saplings, battle green brier patches and clear the area of undesirable vegetation. By doing this, we are preparing the site for a prescribed burn as well as supporting the growth of the highly desirable oaks and grasses.
inventory native plants
This is the backbone of our efforts to preserve the site. We have excellent plant history lists that need to be maintained and updated as the restoration progresses. We need people with a strong interest in botany to do regular tours of the site to identify plants, estimate populations, check for growth of rare populations and monitor for non-native invasive species.
coordinate conservation efforts
There are a number of like-minded organizations and groups that are interested in ecological restoration and preservation of native grasslands. Coordinating and working cooperatively with these groups will allow all of our projects to progress. We are also in need of grant writers to assist in securing funding for the ongoing restoration, for projects such as prescribed burns, for signage around the site, and for community outreach events.
Spread the word about The Cherry Hill Serpentine Barrens! Help develop programs and resources to increase awareness of this endangered biome. Potential projects include creating an onsite nature hike using QR codes to describe specific areas of interest around the barrens, helping with website development and support, developing a “Cherry Hill Barrens Day” to allow the public to see and gain an understanding of the site.
Note: The Cherry Hill Barrens are located on a private nature preserve that is closed to the general public.
Access is restricted to protect the rare ecosystem.