"WE'RE PULLING FOR TUCKER!"
This spring there will be several opportunities to get the family outside for a day of fun! The Garlic Mustard Challenge is back! The GMC is a series of events that seeks to provide your family with a day of free, outdoor fun while working to protect the beautiful public lands that we all love. This year, our goal is to remove 35,000 pounds of garlic mustard to help protect our native forests, wildflowers, and wildlife.
Garlic Mustard is a particularly nasty, non-native invasive species that thrives in partial shade and has no trouble growing in forest understories. Garlic mustard can quickly take over an area crowding out our native plants including trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, ramps, and our beautiful, often vulnerable, native orchids. Garlic mustard even produces chemicals that can keep our native plants from being able to grow!
Garlic mustard also does a number on two rare butterfly species. The mustard white butterfly and the West Virginia white butterfly sometimes mistakenly lay their eggs on garlic mustard instead of their native host plants. The results are disastrous, the eggs hatch, but the caterpillars die before they can form a chrysalis.
We need an army of volunteers to help get rid of this invasive species! Please join us for the 2015 Garlic Mustard Challenge and together we can stop the spread of one of the most invasive species found in our states. Get a group of friends and join one of our organized pulls. See our Calendar of Events for a full list of our pulls.
The Garlic Mustard Challenge is brought to you by the Monongahela National Forest, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, and the Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area.
Remember, "We will never give up our battle to provide places for wildlife to roam, Or critters like Tucker the Turtle, will no longer have a home."
West Virginia – All pulls begin at 10:00 a.m. (see flyer)
Virginia - Pull begins at 10:00 a.m. (see flyer)
Calling all volunteers! Now is the time for all lovers of "The Cascades" to pitch in to help battle the terrible invaders on her doorstep. Come and pull garlic mustard for a bit, and then take a hike to the falls.
Volunteers will only need to bring their personal gear (good footwear, layered clothes, water, lunch, hat, gloves, etc.). Bags for disposing of the garlic mustard will be provided.
Tennessee - Pull begins at 10:00 a.m.
Please join us on April 18th to help remove garlic mustard from Roan Mountain State Park. Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. Volunteers should meet up at the office parking area. Please contact Lisa Huff for more information aT Lisa.Huff@tn.gov.
*This event will offer free camping in exchange for your hard work and dedication!