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April 29, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Pull Invasive Garlic Mustard in Garrett County

by Martha
Last year, scouts from Rt. 40, Troop 55020 pulled 100 pounds of garlic mustard at New Germany State Park. Photo by Kista Wilt.

Last year, scouts from Rt. 40, Troop 55020 pulled 100 pounds of garlic mustard at New Germany State Park. Photo by Kista Wilt.

Who: Open to the Public, Ages 8 and up

Events: New Germany State Park on May 4 at 1 p.m.; and Big Run State Park on May 11 at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 301-895-5453 or cmccann@dnr.state.md.us

New Germany and Big Run State Parks need volunteers to help pull garlic mustard, an invasive species that spreads aggressively and out-competes native plants.

“Pulling garlic mustard is fun and easy to do, with no tools or experience needed,” said Ranger Crystal McCann. “Plus, it’s a great way for students to earn service learning hours for school.”

Plants vital to Maryland ecosystem, such as spring beauty, wild ginger and toothwort can become overrun by garlic mustard. It is especially threatening to the West Virginia white butterfly, a rare native insect that depends on toothwort as a primary food source.

Park staff encourage volunteers to bring their own work gloves. Prizes will be awarded for the most garlic mustard pulled.

Participants will meet at:

  • Big Run State Park, Savage River Pavilion, 10368 Savage River Road, Swanton, MD 21561;
  • New Germany State Park, Lake House, 349 Headquarters Lane Grantsville, MD 21536.
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