As part of the WGA Campout festivities, I'll be recruiting volunteers to assist Rebecca Green, the park manager, with a couple of tasks. It looks like we will primarily be pulling garlic mustard, but if that isn't your cup of tea I'm sure additional jobs can be found.
Where: Mirror Lake State Park
When: Saturday May 10th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Take some time out from the campout fun and help us give a little back to the DNR and our State Parks. Please post your will attends ASAP so we can give the park staff an accurate count and finalize what we'll be doing. We'll be trying to coordinate with any of the Friends of Mirror Lake that are available, so it should be a good chance to put a positive face on geocaching in the park!
WHAT IS GARLIC MUSTARD?
Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant that was brought over to the United States by European settlers as an herb. Unfortunately, garlic mustard has spread virtually unchecked across the county and is a serious threat to the natural habitat.
Many land managers consider garlic mustard one of the most difficult to control invasive weeds, and hand pulling the weed is often the best way to control the spread.
Not only do these invasive weeds choke out native wildflowers, out-competing them for space and sunlight, but they also excrete chemicals through their roots further preventing wildflower growth..
Garlic mustard spreads into high quality woodlands upland and floodplain forests, not just into disturbed areas.
Invaded sites undergo a decline on native herbaceous cover within 10 years.
Garlic mustard alters habitat suitability for native insects and thereby birds and mammals.