Tennessee state parks seek volunteers for annual weed wrangle March 7

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7.

Most of the state parks and the Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area are participating. 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.

Participating in this year’s Weed Wrangle is Roan Mountain State Park, where volunteers will remove the non-native Chinese Privet from the area across the Visitors Center. Volunteers will meet at the Visitors Center front porch, and are asked to bring good workshoes, layered clothing, water, and snacks.

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Gloves and eye protection will be provided.

Other examples of the efforts in the Weed Wrangle at state parks this year include removing privet at Fort Loudon State Historic Park; weeding and grooming flower beds at Frozen Head State Park; eradicating Ailanthus, better known as tree of heaven, at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park; removing garlic mustard at Warriors’ Path State Park; removing invasive plant species from the Millennium Trail at Edgar Evins State Park; removing bush honeysuckle from Henry Horton State Park; removing privet at Paris Landing State Park; and removing autumn olive and privet at Panther Creek State Park.

The Weed Wrangle can be used by Tennessee Promise students for community service credit.

Volunteers are asked to register online.