2014-06-14 / News

Garlic Mustard Pull in State Park Scheduled for June 19

An educational session about garlic mustard and other invasive species is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in the Post Hospital building east of Fort Mackinac. State park employees, local residents, and visitors are encouraged to participate. After the session, volunteers can help pull garlic mustard in Mackinac Island State Park.

Garlic mustard is an invasive, low-growing plant that takes over forest floors if left unchecked. A small population of it was discovered on the Island last summer near Wawashkamo Golf Course. Local naturalists, state park officials, and personnel from the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties pulled the weed, and continuing efforts are needed to keep the plant population manageable.

CWMA Coordinator Nick Cassel will lead the talk, followed by a question-and-answer period. The session will include how to identify garlic mustard and why it is a threat to Michigan forests.

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