Tennessee State Parks seek volunteers for annual Weed Wrangle March 2

Published 12:53 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Tennessee State Parks invite Tennesseans to participate March 2 in the state’s annual Weed Wrangle, part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces. The state has 36 state parks participating.
The Weed Wrangle is a nationwide movement for volunteers to help rescue public parks and green spaces from non-native invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines, and flowering plants. The state is a partner in the Weed Wrangle program with the Garden Club of America.
Examples of the Wrangle this year include wildflower gardening at Cumberland Mountain State Park; clearing bush honeysuckle and privet around the trailhead and canoe access at Harpeth River State Park; restoring native vegetation at Booker T. Washington State Park; and removing Chinese privet at T.O. Fuller State Park.
At Roan Mountain State Park, the Weed Wrange will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and volunteers will work alongside rangers to remove non-native Chinese Privet new growth from the forest edge surrounding the Visitor Center and also plant native plants in the same area to aid in rehabilitating the area against re-growth of privet. Hand tools and protective gear will be provided by the park. Volunteers are asked to bring water and to wear good work clothes and close-toed shoes. March in Roan Mountain can also be quite cold, so be prepared for chilly weather.
Volunteers are limited to 20 individuals and minors under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Volunteers also must be a minimum of 12 years of age. Meet your hosts at the Visitor Center porch to begin.
At Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton volunteers will assist in removing invasive English ivy throughout the park grounds and along the walking trail. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and come prepared to get dirty.
They are also asked to bring their own work gloves and drinking water. They will report to Park Manager Jason Davis in the picnic area adjacent to the Park Visitor Center for instruction. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.
Harpeth River State Park will hold its Weed Wrangle March 3, and Fort Loudoun State Park will hold its event March 16.
Tennessee Promise students may use the Weed Wrangle for community service requirements for the college financial assistance program.

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