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Mammoth Cave National Park (prairie restoration), KY (Oct 3rd - Oct 9th 2021)

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With over 400 miles of surveyed underground passageways, Kentucky's Mammoth Cave is a geologic wonder and the longest known cave system in the world. Mammoth Cave National Park was designated as a National Park in 1941 and covers more than 52,000 acres above ground as well as the extensive labyrinth of subterranean passageways. It is home to an extensive variety of flora and fauna with over 130 species documented in the caves alone. The caves also feature a vast array of geologic features including stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, travertine dams, and several types of intricate gypsum formations like "gypsum flowers."

Our service project will be to help with Mammoth Cave National Parks's ongoing prairie restoration efforts. Grasslands or "barrens" that once covered hundreds of thousands of acres and provided habitat for many wildflower, bird and mammal species have been overgrown with woody/exotic species that shade out the native grasses and flowers. Mammoth Cave NP is working to restore these grasslands and give grassland wildflowers (including native sunflowers, butterfly milkweed, lobelia, asters, and tall coreopsis) a place to grow again by removing woody & exotic species. Volunteers will assist with these efforts by removing sumac and other exotics using loppers and handsaws. Participants will drive ~45 minutes to the project sites daily from our base camp at the Mammoth Cave Campground in personal vehicles. (This timing may change if a local ferry construction project is completed before the project begins.) Join us for this prairie restoration project with a lot of front country amenities!

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This project is rated as a active project.

For insurance reasons, WV cannot organize participants' transportation. Due to COVID-19 precautions, WV prohibits carpooling for volunteers outside of the same household. For more information, please refer to the most current edition of the Modified Project Protocols for Volunteers.

Check out more photos from our last Mammoth Cave National Park project in our gallery.

Dates

Oct 3rd - Oct 9th 2021

Service Project

Invasive removal, cutting, bagging, possible river clean up.

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Free Days

Day hikes, cave tours, relaxing around camp.

Accommodations

Car and tent camping in designated campground.

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, kneeling, lifting, lopping, digging.

Leaders

Bill Koenig
Sue Koenig

Equipment List

Southeast