Volunteers continue to restore the wildlife reserve

A team of volunteers gathered at the JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday morning to continue restoration efforts at the 87-acre property near Lucketts.

The property includes a series of spring pools, a relatively rare habitat that supports vulnerable salamanders and a spring stopover for migrating birds from the Gulf shores. It was kept by the Kuhn family and JK Moving in 2018 and sold to the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in 2020.

Over the past few years, volunteers have worked to clear the property of invasive plants, build trails and clean up litter.

Work detail on Saturday included volunteers from the Tuscarora High School Key Club, Lucketts 1910 Boy Scout Troop and Lucketts Ruritan Club, as well as members of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. The cleanup focused on an old landfill adjacent to a large spring pool. Scattered around the rusty frame of a discarded Buick LaSabre were dozens of bottles, appliance parts, wires and other trash.

“I am so excited by all the kids. It’s really one of the ways to educate and engage them, said Ruritan Barbara Scott. “Who knows what they might find; they are treasure hunters today.

Among the unexpected finds were a hand-cranked washing machine, toys, a TV, and a satellite dish.

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