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Volunteer Day at Pritchard Park: Pulling Invasive plants

Post Date:04/29/2019 12:51 PM

To promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy, the Explore More Team at Chapel Hill Public Library is asking for volunteers to help uproot invasive exotic plants. The library team has mapped invasive plants in the park and will lead volunteer workers in eradicating them from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18. In the event of rain, the volunteer day will be rescheduled for May 28.

The first volunteer day will be devoted to hand-pulling smaller plants and seedlings, such as Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass).  People will work in teams, with one crew leader who will help identify target species. Volunteer gardeners can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding tool. We’ll have a few extra weeding tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance promptly at 10 a.m., break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come join the fun!

This volunteer workday is just one part of a month-long series of programs about invasive plants at the library. Neville Handel, Land Manager at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, will give a workshop on removing invasive plants at 2 p.m. on May 4.  On May 11 at 2 p.m., Johnny Randall, Assistant Director for Conservation the NCBG, will discuss the origins and effects of invasive exotic species and strategies for restoring native habitats.

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