Events: Weed Wrangles in Muscle Shoals and Chattanooga

Kudzu views got you down? Join your fellow citizen volunteers and help round up invasive and nuisance plants in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and  Chattanooga, Tenn., on March 3rd and 17th, respectively.

Green isn’t always a good thing. Consider the case of kudzu, the scourge of the southeast. This rapidly growing imported vine took root and took over, choking out species and doing serious harm to regional ecosystems.

Though not as high profile, other trees, vines and flowering plants—such as honeysuckle, autumn olive, Chinese privet, English ivy and winter creeper—are damaging as well. Non-native invasive plants impact landscapes across the Tennessee Valley. These species change landscape structure, reduce land productivity, hinder use, and degrade biodiversity and habitat provided by native species. Reducing such impacts to TVA lands is of utmost importance to the agency.

That’s why TVA is asking for volunteers to help eliminate invasive and nuisance species in two upcoming Weed Wrangle® events—one at the Whitey Hall Memorial Native Garden Trail on the Muscle Shoal Reservation in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and the other Big Ridge Small Wild Area located near Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tenn. Here are the details:

Whitey Hall Memorial Native Garden Trail Weed Wrangle

When: March 3, 2018
Time:
8:00 a.m. CST
Where:
Muscle Shoals Reservation Rd. between Hwy. 43 (Hatch Rd.) and Wilson Dam (coordinates 34.7824845, -87.65657903)
Partners: Shoals Wildflower Society (a chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society), Garden Clubs of America and Invasive Plant Control Inc.

Big Ridge Small Wild Area Weed Wrangle

When: March 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. EST
Where: Volunteers should assemble at Greenway Farm on Gann Store Rd. in Hixson, Tenn. (coordinates 35.114542. -85.22515) . From there, they will be shuttled to the Big Ridge Small Wild Area.
Partners (some of whom are holding Weed Wrangles of their own) include: the Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones, City of Chattanooga, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Chattanooga Audubon Society, North Chickamauga Creek Greenway Farms, Cherokee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Tennessee River Gorge Trust, the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Garden Clubs of America and Invasive Plant Control Inc.

Those wishing to register in advance can do so by emailing Volunteer@tva.gov. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and water bottles.

To learn more about Weed Wrangles, visit www.weedwrangle.com.