Weed Wrangle events aim to remove invasive species throughout Hamilton County


By Ashleigh Swan 

The Hamilton County Invasives Partnership recently kicked off its 2021 series of Weed Wrangle events, with the next one set for April 22 at Cool Creek Park in Westfield.

Many of the organization’s previous stewardship programs have focused on plantings and other projects, but this year it will focus on the Weed Wrangle initiative.

Weed Wrangle, a program that launched in Tennessee, is designed to encourage volunteers to help eradicate invasive species in public parks and at private residences.

Claire Lane, urban conservationist at Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, said the initiative is “an opportunity for volunteers to get out and learn about invasive species and to also help improve a natural area.”

Lane said invasive species are a serious problem across Hamilton County and, without action, cause a large threat to natural areas.

Examples of invasive species are Asian bush honeysuckle, which is popular during spring, and garlic mustard, which grows in woodlands.

Svitlana (Lana) Ramer, volunteer coordinator for the event at Hazel Landing Park, said Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is working with Girl Scout troops on removing invasive species so they can help Scouts earn the Tree Promise Patch. The Girls Scouts of America have recently announced its Tree Promise Campaign, which includes the removal of invasives species.

To volunteer at a Weed Wrangle, visit at hcinvasives.org.