Garlic mustard pull at refuge postponed


The Weed Wrangle planned by the Jackson County Invasives Partnership for Saturday at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge has been postponed because the garlic mustard has yet to come up.

The purpose of the event, rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26, is to remove garlic mustard from around the visitors center and other areas at the refuge east of Seymour.

Park Ranger Donna Stanley said garlic mustard was brought to America by Europeans because it is edible, but it spreads quickly and is poisonous to some of the butterflies that like to hang out at the refuge.

Participants will receive hands-on experience and instruction from a professional on invasive plant removal techniques while learning how to create native habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

Participants are urged to wear appropriate clothing, such as sturdy boots, long pants and gardening gloves. Gloves and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome. For information and to RSVP, call 812-358-2367, ext. 3035, or email [email protected].

A Weed Wrangle is a volunteer event to help rescue public parks and green spaces from invasive species through tried-and-true hands-on removal techniques.

The Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management and Indiana Department of Natural Resources also are sponsoring the event.

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