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Volunteers Help Remove Invasive Plants from Shenandoah National Park

11 May 2017 News


On May 8, roughly twelve individuals from the Shenandoah Valley volunteered their time to remove an invasive species of plant that is threatening other plants and animals in Shenandoah National Park. This invasive plant is garlic mustard. It has the power to overtake fruits, seeds and pollen surrounding it. These resources are needed for food sources and our habitat.

Because using herbicide is not an option, the dozen volunteers on hand May 8, picked the plant by hand out of the ground at Big Meadows picnic area in the park.

Officials report that garlic mustard can grow anywhere, including your own backyard. They also suggest looking up information online, as there are many resources.

If you would like to volunteer, you can contact the park at (540)999-3500 or send an email to shen_ncr_vip_coordinators@nps.gov. Additional information about volunteering can be found on Shenandoah National Park’s website.

 

Planned volunteer dates:

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area (mile 4.7 of Skyline Drive)
Saturday, May 20 – 9:45 a.m.
Meet and park at picnic area/campground

Big Meadows Picnic Area (mile 51 of Skyline Drive)
Thursday, May 25th – 9:45 a.m.
Meet and park at picnic area/campground


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