Tennessee State Parks and community partners are looking for volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species during the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7.
The Weed Wrangle is part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces. State and community experts in invasive weed management will supervise the removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while volunteers learn ways to address their own green spaces to combat invasive species.
Many parks have specific goals, including the following in our region:
• Warriors Path State Park wants to make the park safer for native wildflowers and butterflies by removing invasive garlic mustard plants. Volunteers should meet promptly at 1 p.m. at the pool parking lot to carpool to the worksite; come dressed for the weather and ready to get a little dirty after a short walk to the weed-pulling location; and, if needed, bring garden gloves to protect hands. The work is expected to be done between 3 and 4 p.m. Click here to register online for the event.
• Roan Mountain State Park wants to combat nonnative species of plants and restore its mountain landscape by removing nonnative Chinese privet from the area across from the Visitor Center. Volunteers must register online; meet at the Visitor Center front porch for the work scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and bring good work shoes, layered clothing, water and any snacks. Gloves and eye protection will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own.
(Information from Tennessee State Parks)