Weed Wrangle needs volunteers to help control invasive species in parks


ABOVE: Volunteers at the 2015 Weed Wrangle event at Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area. // SUBMITTED

 

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers for the annual Weed Wrangle, a nationwide effort to fight invasive plant species in public parks on Saturday, March 2.

Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas have partnered with The Garden Club of Nashville and Invasive Plant Control Inc. for this year’s statewide event, with 35 state parks and two state natural areas participating. The event is designed to help rid Tennessee of non-native plant species. Volunteers from across the state are invited to participate.

In addition to the state parks, Metro Nashville’s Warner Parks are participating, with a Weed Wrangle from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 2. In addition to removing invasive species, seedlings will be planted as well. Pizza will be provided for volunteers.

State and community experts in invasive weed management will supervise the hands-on removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while volunteers learn ways to address their own green spaces to combat invasive species.

To join the Warner Parks Weed Wrangle team, Learn more and/or sign up using this link: https://www.hon.org/opportunity/a0C1H00001Cdwb9

Other examples of efforts in the Weed Wrangle include protecting rivercane at David Crockett Birthplace State Park, removing garlic mustard at Warriors’ Path State Park, removing autumn olive at Panther Creek State park, and removing privet at several parks.

For more information on specific parks and plans for the Weed Wrangle, visit https://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/weed-wrangle.

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