The Friends of NCTC sponsors monthly volunteering opportunities. These events support land management’s effort for conservation and cultivation of native ecology. Each occasion is designed to better that natural flora and fauna around campus. A list of upcoming events and descriptions for each type of event can be found below.
Please join us in making a difference.
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FRIENDS OF NCTC EXISTING AND PROPOSED PROGRAMS
NCTC Annual Deer Hunt: provide support
Special Event: Host SU students, staff and employees at a special event on campus
Description of Activities
Facilitating native flora is a vital component to ensuring a healthy ecosystem. The forest restoration program aims to regain lost, wooded habitat. Tree species are chosen by land management because of their benefit to native fauna. Not only will the forest provide safety through cover, the edibility of these species serves as an additional incentive to foster a healthy community.
We desire help with:
Tree and Shrub Maintenance
Native Plant Landscaping
Native Plant Landscaping can be implemented in various ways; however, the most frequent activity for volunteers is helping with pollinator gardens. Pollinator gardens, composed of native flora, serve as excellent habitats for local pollinators. Similarly to forest restoration, pollinator gardens provides shelter and diet to these specific fauna.
We desire assistance in:
Invasive Plant Control
Invasives, foreign species that spread unrelentlessly, alter native ecosystems. These species, if left unchecked, can overrun a habitat and out-compete natives. Land management aims to identify, regulate, and remove these species to minimize their effect.
We desire help with:
Detection and Mapping
Prescribed burning contributes to both native plant landscaping and invasive control. Through this process, native grassland habitats can be maintained. The soil becomes rejuvenated, encroaching forest species and invasives are removed allowing for improved growth of grassland species.
We desire help involving:
Annual Deer Hunt
Without natural predators, deer populations can run rampant. The responsibility to maintain the deer population below its natural carrying capacity falls on us. Land management implemented this program to maintain a healthy deer population.
We desire aid in:
Preparation of tree stands, trails, and stand sites (September-October)
Decommission of tree stands (January- March)
(More descriptions coming soon).
Thank you for your time and contribution.