A project we have in the works is the eastbound entrance/exit ramp of Highway 70 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is an invasion of English ivy which covers much of the ground and has already claimed dominance over many of the trees. Other invasive exotics include oriental bittersweet, tree of heaven, autumn olive and honeysuckle. The vines have been very thick and the slope fairly steep. It has been good preparation for the upcoming French Broad River site
We returned to this site with the other SEEPM team, headed by Toby Obenauer, while Calicoe was away. Once again we worked to remove invasive bittersweet and other exotics in the area. Toby and his crew of Will and Cory worked with us to treat these sections while our leader was on time off.
When we were satisfied with the SE ramp, we relocated to the NW entrance ramp. This ramp was very similar to the other ramp and we treated it using the same methods.