Parks seek volunteers to remove invasive plants

(The Michigan Department of Natural Resource's logo)
(The Michigan Department of Natural Resource's logo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials are looking for volunteers to help remove invasive plants from state parks in southwestern Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources has released a schedule of park volunteer stewardship activities for August. The plant removals begin Tuesday at Holland State Park and end Aug. 24 at Warren Woods State Park in Berrien County.

The DNR says some exotic plants such as barberry and privet are dominating landscapes and threatening to change habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Herbaceous species such as spotted knapweed also will be removed to protect critical dune habitat.

Volunteers will learn to identify and properly remove such plants from natural areas within the parks.

No experience is necessary and training and equipment are provided. Scout troops, youth groups and community service organizations are encouraged to participate.

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On the web:

DNR: Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

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