Garlic Mustard Challenge!
Muster up for Garlic Mustard

2017 – The 9th Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge

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 20,000 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 makes it tough for two rare butterfly species to survive. 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 2017 Garlic Mustard Challenge and together we can help stop the spread of one of the most invasive species found in our state. Get a group of friends and join one of our organized pulls. See our Calendar of Events for a full list of our pulls. If you need any information please contact Jason Aerni at

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.

Join us for this year’s challenge. Together, we can all muster up the courage to defeat Garlic Mustard!


West Virginia – All pulls begin at 10:00 a.m.

  • Blue Bend Recreation Area – April 11th
  • Ice Mountain Nature Preserve – April 29th
  • Seneca Rocks Discovery Center – May 6th
  • Greenbrier State Forest – May 6th
  • Bickle Knob - May 13th
  • Thunderstruck Mountain – May 13th
  • Nelson Rocks – May 14th

*Free climbing tour! RSVP with Jason Aerni (see below)

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For more information on dates, locations, and schedules, see our PHCWPMA Calendar.

For additional information, or to RSVP for an event, contact Jason Aerni via phone at 304-636-1800 (x224) or via email at

2017 Sponsors

S&T Bees
Good Energy Foods
El Gran Sabor
Mamma Mia Pizza

An Amazing 2016 Challenge

A big thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time to help remove garlic mustard in 2016. Together, we pulled 2,930 pounds of this nasty invasive!

2016 Results