Invasive Plant Removal

In this file photo, volunteers work on the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum invasive plant removal at a previous event sponsored by Keep Blount Beautiful, Little River Watershed Association and Tuckleechee Garden Club.

With Thanksgiving, a most American of traditions, behind us for another year, Keep Blount Beautiful, Little River Watershed Association and Tuckaleechee Garden Club are combining forces to help our native plants.

Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant removal is happening Saturday along the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum, organizers said.

Participants can park at Campground United Methodist Church, 7466 Old Tuckaleechee Road, at the corner with U.S. Highway 321 in Townsend. The work takes place from 9 a.m. until noon.

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves. Standard gloves and hand tools will be provided. After the invasive removal, lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

The invasive species include privet, honeysuckle, mimosa and multifloral rose.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines an invasive species as an organism that causes ecological or economic harm in a new environment where it is not native.

Species of privet, for example, were introduced in the late 1800s from China and Europe for landscaping. These evergreen shrubs, which can grow to be 8- to 20-feet tall, are aggressive growers that can be found in thickets that shade out native plants.

For more information, contact Keep Blount Beautiful at keepblount@gmail.com.

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