Volunteers Needed to Pull Invasive Garlic Mustard in Garrett County
Who: Open to the Public, Ages 8 and up
Contact: 301-895-5453 or email@example.com
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.