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Old Stone Fort State Park Rangers looking to Remove Privet

Privet

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas invite the public to take part in ranger-led hikes, volunteer projects and interpretive programs at all 56 state parks on Saturday, Sept. 30.
“As the Volunteer State, we hope all Tennesseans will consider joining us in caring for the beautiful lands we get to call home,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) began in 1994 with just three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Now in its 24th year, NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, which make up over 30 percent of America’s landscape.
For more information, including a list of hikes and events statewide go to www.tnstateparks.com
The event on Sept. 30, 2017 at Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester will be to help halt the invasion of the plant, Privet. This is an invasive plant species with the tendency to outcompete native species in the area. This pesky pest has infiltrated the Garrison Road trail, stealing nutrients and sunlight from the native trees and underbrush. Privet is notoriously difficult to remove. State parks staff have been hard at work all summer in an attempt to combat this menace but they need your help! Meet with park rangers for this special volunteer event to help stop the invasion in its tracks. Please come prepared in comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Gloves are suggested. Tools will be provided by Old Stone Fort. They will have a water cooler, please bring your own refillable water bottle. They will meet at the check-in station in the campground at 10 AM and will hike a half-mile to the removal site.