Invasive plant removal with HWA is April 25

By Haywood Waterways Association | Apr 19, 2017
Photo by: Haywood Waterways Association

Celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive plants along Richland Creek. Haywood Waterways Association will host an invasive plant removal from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 25. Volunteers will meet at the Vance Street pavilion on Richland Creek.

Invasive plants are a significant threat to forests, wildlife and water quality. Invasive species strangle native species and form a dense understory that prevents other species from growing.

They can also cause trees to fall and when the canopy is open, it opens up new habitat for invasives. Because wildlife is not adapted to exotic species, there is less food for both terrestrial and aquatic animals. Invasive plants often lack the deep, stabilizing root systems that help hold stream banks together and stop erosion.

Come help remove Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, oriental bittersweet, Chinese privet, and Japanese honeysuckle from the streambanks of Richland Creek at Vance Street Park.

Bring a good pair of boots and prepared to get dirty. Haywood Waterways will provide gloves, bags, tools and refreshments.

For more information you can call 476-4667 or email Christine O’Brien at Christine.haywoodwaterways@gmail.com.