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Parks call for volunteer Weed Wranglers for March 2 effort

Feb. 7, 2019 – 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.

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.

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.

Volunteers at the 2015 Weed Wrangle event at Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area. Photo contributed.