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February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

What is an ‘Extractagator’?

What is an ‘Extractagator’?

You all may have seen that this month’s Native Plant Society newsletter focused on invasive species.  So, we included a work day this Saturday, February 20, at the Blackwell HP to remove more privet and other exotics, to build on all our accomplishments this year and last.

 The weather looks perfect.  Sunny.  The ground should be wet from the rains, so easier for privet removal.  It is supposed to be colder than the past work days, so dress accordingly.

 Reminder on details:  We start at 9 a.m., so get there a little early.  Bring gloves, and wear long sleeves and long pants.  There is poison ivy here and there, although we haven’t hit big patches so far.  Wear boots you can get wet; this is mucky terrain in general.  We will stop by noon.  You don’t have to stay the entire time, and you can arrive late.  If you get there late, make your way down the mowed path through the pasture down to the forest.  We will be deeper into the forest removing privet.  As you walk in, be careful of the one barbed wire fence across the path; it’s marked with orange tape.

 You don’t have to bring tools, because most of this is pulling and moving what we pull up.  Some of us will bring saws and other stuff.  If you have a mattock or a rake, that would be helpful.  If you happen to have an extractogator (a specialized lever for privet removal), bring it; but don’t worry, there will be enough of those from other sources to do the job.

Directions:  Go north on 276/Poinsett Highway to Furman.  Once past Furman, take Highway 25 on the right; do not go through downtown Travelers Rest.  Turn right on Blue Ridge Drive; it is the first right past Tigerville Road (the Spinx Station).  Blue Ridge Creamery is near the corner of Blue Ridge Drive and Highway 25.

 As you drive down Blue Ridge Drive, you will pass houses and then a pasture on your left; you will see the blue paint slashes on trees along the road that mark the boundary of the Heritage Preserve.  Drive slowly, and you will see a gate on your left into the pasture.  You can park in the pasture or along Blue Ridge Drive.  We will gather in the pasture near the gate.

 Please let me know if you plan to come.  Also, please share this with your networks.  The more people who come, the more privet we will remove.  We are really making a difference!

 If you want to see what Naturaland Trust and DNR have been doing on Bunched Arrowhead, go to www.naturalandtrust.org/burns and https://www2.dnr.sc.gov/ManagedLands/ManagedLand/ManagedLand/4.


Frank Holleman


Naturaland Trust

148 River Street, Suite 110

Greenville, SC   29601

864 979 9431

[email protected]



February 20
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Blackwell Heritage Preserve
Travelers Rest, SC United States + Google Map


Frank Holleman