Cherokee Transplanting

The rivercane patch at Cherokee Central Schools in Cherokee, NC represents over 5 years of rivercane research, 2 years of planning, and many volunteer hours.  Carmaleta Monteith headed the Landscape Planning Committee which met regularly from 2007-2009 which formulated a plan to bring rivercane to Cherokee.  The work of landscape architect Greg Cloos is being used as the plan for the site located just across from the football stadium.

In October, 2010, volunteers from Cherokee and Western Carolina University worked together to transplant rivercane from the WCU campus to its new home in Cherokee.  The work requires digging up entire plants since seeds are not reliable and difficult to find.  Once plants are dug up, their roots and rhizomes are wrapped in plastic to prevent drying out.  After being transported to their new home, they are unwrapped and planted 12-18 inches deep in the ground.

If you would like to volunteer to help us transplant rivercane, please e-mail


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