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Weed Wrangle seeks volunteers for Mar. 3 attack on invasive plants


Weed Wrangle seeks volunteers for Mar. 3 attack on invasive plants

WEED WRANGLE NASHVILLE

Teams of volunteers will locate and uproot invasive plants at more than 15 public parks and greenways around Nashville, including several close to Williamson County, such as Warner Parks, Radnor Lake, and Cheekwood.

The fourth Annual Weed Wrangle-Nashville will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday March 3, 2018, and is in need of volunteers to help restore the habitat.

Invasives, or non-native plants, were introduced here decades ago for agricultural or landscaping purposes. Since then they have threatened to overtake Nashville’s native plant population.

According to Steve Manning, President of Invasive Plant Control, Inc. and a consultant to Weed Wrangle, “green is not always good.” Invasive plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitats, increase the risk of wildfire, and drastically alter the appearances of green spaces.
The best way to control alien plants, such a bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy, and winter creeper, is hands-on removal in early spring when the plants have begun to sprout.

Keeping the aggressive plants at bay requires active annual maintenance. In 2017, more than 500 volunteers rooted out unwelcome plants and shrubs in the greater Nashville area. With increasing support, Weed Wrangle Nashville expects to clear even more public landscapes of non-indigenous plants.

A wide variety of opportunities are available, even working with the sheep of the Nashville Chew Crew at Bells Bend Park! Volunteers register through Hands On Nashville and select a site close to their home or close to their heart.

The Garden Club of Nashville, in partnership with the Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program, partnered in 2015 with Invasive Plant Control, Inc. to sponsor the first Weed Wrangle in Wanrner Parks, a 3,200-acre city park on the Williamson-Davidson county line composed of woodlands and natural areas including old-growth forest. By 2017, Weed Wrangle had 15 sites in the Nashville area and the Tennessee State Parks had even joined the movement. Inspired by Nashville’s success, Weed Wrangle events have sprung up around the state from Memphis to Knoxville and the effort isn’t stopping there. With help from the
Garden Club of America, the grass roots movement that started in Nashville is making a national presence. Weed Wrangle has spread throughout the Southeast and all the way to Grant Pass, Oregon.

For more information: Visit www.weedwrangle.org.
To volunteer, visit: https://www.hon.org/special-event/a0M1200000US5O8.

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