Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Press Release

Waukesha County Parks Seeks Volunteers for Invasive Species Removal Mission April 24

 

(Waukesha, WI) – Waukesha County Parks is seeking volunteers to help eradicate the invasive plant, garlic mustard,  at various park locations during the inaugural, secret agent themed “Mission: Possible” Volunteer Workday for the Earth event on Saturday, April 24.

“Garlic mustard is a troublesome invasive plant that is wide spread throughout the park system,” said Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist. “All of our properties would benefit greatly from the hand removal of this aggressive plant to make room for the native wildflower species that our pollinators depend on and park users enjoy.”

Volunteer “agents” can sign-up for time slots at one of nine park locations between 9 a.m. and noon to help hand pull and bag garlic mustard in specified natural areas. Registered participants will receive an email with more information about pulling garlic mustard, including a video tutorial. After meeting at the park “rendezvous point”, attendees will head out for their self-guided missions. The events will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves. All other materials and instruction will be provided.

Mission locations include: Fox Brook Park, Fox River Park, Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Mukwonago Park, Muskego Park, Naga-Waukee Park, Nashotah Park and Retzer Nature Center.

Registration is free and includes park admission for the day. Online registration for each volunteer is required by April 21 at www.waukeshacounty.gov/missionpossible.

About the Waukesha County Park System

Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit our website at www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

 

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