Volunteer to trim trails or cut back invasives

Volunteer to trim trails or cut back invasives

Grab your clippers and help make a difference!

Our stewardship team is looking for volunteers to help with two outdoor tasks: keeping trails trimmed and continuing the effort to remove invasive plants at Round Top Farm. Here’s the scoop on both opportunities.

A note on COVID precautions

Coastal Rivers requires that volunteers participating in group activities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please fill out the form below to let us know your vaccination status.

If you are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated for any reason, please let us know and we would be glad to help you find a volunteer opportunity that does not put you in close proximity to others.

>> Volunteer Vaccination Form

Trail Trimming with Joy

Trimming the brush on either side of the trails allows for a safer and more pleasurable walk, and also minimizes the problem of ticks attaching themselves to our clothing. Join Joy Vaughan (Co-Chair of Coastal Rivers’ Stewardship Committee) on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 if you’d like to be a part of our trail-trimming crew. Light loppers or clippers, gloves, bug spray and drinking water are all that’s needed.

We’ll be meeting at Crooked Farm during the month of May. Call Joy at 207-841-8644 or email joy@tidewater.net to let her know you’ll be joining her at the trailhead.

Bittersweet Brigade

Now that the weather has warmed, we are eager to get out in the hedgerows of Round Top Farm to tackle the big job of eradicating the invasive plants there. We are concentrating on bittersweet, multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed, barberry and honeysuckle. This is immensely satisfying work. Pulling bittersweet from trees and seeing that you’ve saved that tree is an awesome experience.

Bob Barkalow and Joy Vaughan (Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs) will be working at Round Top Farm on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. If you’d like to be a part of this effort, join them at the parking lot at the Round Top Farm campus at 9:00 AM and we’ll go from there. Bring loppers or clippers, bug spray, gloves and drinking water.


Sign me up for more trail work!

If the above opportunities appeal to you, you might enjoy being part of our Trail Tamers work parties! The Trail Tamers crew meets once a month to work on specific trail projects, such as clearing trails, building bog bridges, and more. If you’d like to be added to the Trail Tamers email list, please let us know by email at trails@coastalrivers.org.

For additional volunteer opportunities:

For a list of other ways to get involved as a volunteer, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page. On that page is also a link to a Volunteer Interest form which you can fill out for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

For more information about invasive plants: