Southeastern Michigan Parks Need Volunteers to Clear Out Invasive Species

Garlic mustard, an invasive plant in Southeast Michigan

State officials are seeking volunteers to help protect parks in Southeast Michigan from invasive species. The Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of stewardship events for volunteers to remove garlic mustard from Metro Detroit woodlands. State spokesperson Laurel Malvitz-Draper says workers need to spot and remove the invasive mustard seed pods.

Invasive plants can wreak havoc on our woodland eco-systems and crowd out a lot of native plants and do some chemical warfare in the soil to help inhibit other plants from growing, including most of our native plants.”

-Laurel Malvitz-Draper

Malvitz-Draper says park clean-up events are scheduled for every weekend in April in Washtenaw, Livingston and Oakland Counties.

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Marissa Gawel

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