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Efforts to Stop Spread of Invasive Plant on WV Public Lands

Garlic mustard is one of the most invasive plant species in West Virginia and various groups have organized “pulls” to help discourage its spread on public land.

For example, Pipestem State Park’s Garlic Mustard Pull was conducted April 22. The event, sponsored by the National Park Service, was led by NPS Ranger Richard Altare as part of the New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend.

Other Garlic Mustard Pulls have been held this spring at Summit Lake, Ice Mountain Preserve, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, Greenbrier State Forest, Sugar Grove Naval Base and Big Bend Campground.

The Monongahela National Forest, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and the Potomac Highland Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area have created a “2011 Garlic Mustard Challenge.”

The schedule is May 20 - Fernow Experimental Forest; May 21 - Greenbrier State Forest; May 21 and 22 - Blue Bend Campground; and May 28 - Pocahontas 4-H Camp. More information is available about starting points online.

If you can’t join in a garlic mustard pull event, scout where you reside and participate individually. Report the number of bags of garlic mustard removed to Charissa Bujak with the U.S. Forest Service at 304-636-1800 ext. 285 or email cbujak02@fs.fed.us.


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