Tims Ford State Park seeks volunteers for annual Weed Wrangle

Kudzu, like that pictured here, is one of the many invasive plants that will be removed from Tennessee State Parks during the annual Weed Wrangle this weekend. (File Photo)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Wanna get outdoors and do something important this weekend? Tims Ford State Park located near the Moore County, Franklin County line is looking for volunteers for the annual Wedd Wrangle this weekend – a day devoted to removing invasive plant species in state parks located across Tennessee. It’s part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces.

The state has 32 state parks participating. State and community experts in invasive weed management will supervise the removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while volunteers learn ways to address their own green spaces to combat invasive species.

Examples of the efforts in the Weed Wrangle this year include Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park where volunteers will remove invasive English ivy along the park’s historic riverfront trail. At Paris Landing State Park, the group will remove several invasive plant and tree species from the Camp Hazlewood wildflower trail. At Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, volunteers will remove invasive species from planters and the butterfly garden.

The Tims Ford State Park event will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. To register for the event, click here. For questions, contact Park Ranger Dalton Smith via email at [email protected] or at 931-434-6032.

A complete list of all Weed Wrangle events happening in the state can be found here.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear appropriate work clothing, including proper footwear, and bring gloves if they have them, along with sunscreen, water and snacks. The Weed Wrangle may be used by Tennessee Promise students for community service credit. •

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