Folks at Faulkes: Winter Edition

By Taylor on January 22, 2015 in Blog

_MG_9939 ice storm HDRUpdate: This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

INHF, Trees Forever, Winding Pathways, LLC. and the City of Marion are hosting our first winter volunteer day on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Faulkes Heritage Woods in Marion, Iowa. Join locals passionate about this public woodland in restoring its native ecosystem.

Volunteers will assist in the removal of invasive species, such as maple trees and Japanese barberry, from the oak woodland. Removing these maples allows sunlight to reach the forest floor, which then gives the native oaks a chance to flourish.

Doing this work in winter offers a new way to experience Iowa, meet like-minded people and observe the natural beauty of the winter woods. Not to mention that there will be less brush, less humidity and–most importantly–fewer bugs.

No experience is necessary to volunteer, and teenagers to adults are welcome! Participants are encouraged to wear extra layers and boots. And don’t forget your handsaws and loppers, if you have them. Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.

To RSVP (recommended), email Dustin Hinrichs at or call 319-640-0757.

For questions about INHF’s volunteer program, contact Mary Runkel at or 515-288-1846, ext. 17.