Beginning Saturday, March 3 and ending Saturday, April 7, a city-wide effort is taking place to rescue local parks and green spaces from invasive plants.
Concerned citizens and nonprofit organizations throughout the Chattanooga area are recruiting volunteers to help with the nationally recognized Weed Wrangle event. Volunteer days vary depending on the site. Weed Wrangle volunteers, supervised by experts in invasive weed management, will remove invasives from affected sites and will learn best practices for follow-up, including re-planting with natives in removal areas.
“Invasive exotic plants are one of the top five drivers of global biodiversity loss,” lead botanist of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center John Evans said. “They can dominate an ecosystem, displacing scores of native plant species. While we may never be able to completely eradicate them from the landscape, we can restore and maintain habitat for native species by managing invasives effectively …”
Volunteers can help spread awareness about the Weed Wrangle’s mission and to sign-up for a volunteer shift at one of the following sites:
- March 3 – Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Audubon Acres, Chattanooga City and Park Stewards at Renaissance Park and South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, and Tennessee State Parks.
- March 17 – TVA Big Ridge Small Wild Area
- April 7 – Lookout Mountain Garden Club, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, and The Land Trust for Tennessee.
Individuals and groups can click here and search “Needs” to find Weed Wrangle events taking place in the Chattanooga area.
Learn more about Chattanooga Weed Wrangle events and the organizations involved here.