|Crossett Brook Middle Schoolers |
pull out invasive honeysuckle
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. On September 24, 2011, over 170,000 volunteers will plant trees, remove trash, and build trails at public lands across the nation. Last year, volunteers and community partners contributed an estimated $15 million of improvements to over 2,000 public land sites. You can join in the effort too by doing your own War on Weeds on your property! Read more about Brian's fight below:
Brian's "War on Weeds" program caught the interest of Crossett Brook Middle School. Sixty middle schoolers along with teacher and chaperones helped pull a HUGE amount of invasive honeysuckle out of a section of forest between the Walnut lean-to and the park host volunteer site.
What's an invasive species? According to the New England Wildflower Society, an invasive species is "a non-native species that is capable of moving into a habitat and monopolizing resources such as light, nutrients, water, and space to the detriment of other species." Through Brian's program, he's helping to re-establish a healthier ecosystem by removing as many honeysuckle plants as he can.
|A truck load of honeysuckle removed |
from a family on their vacation!
|Brian helps to remove invasive species|
To see what else is happening at Little River State Park and other state parks, visit the events page.