November 10, 2020

Brownsburg Parks Seeks Volunteers For First Weed Wrangle Event

Residents of all ages have an opportunity to help rid our parks of invasive plant species through a unique “weed wrangle” event.

Brownsburg Parks is partnering with Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasive Management and Hendricks County Invasive Management Cooperative to remove invasive plants at Williams Park, 940 S. Locust St. on Dec. 5 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

“We’ll be targeting the removal of bush honeysuckle and burning bush plants,” said Parks’ Natural Resources Supervisor Greg Dickenson. “Invasive plants like these displace native plants, eliminate food and cover for wildlife, and threaten rare plant and animal species.”

Michael Homoya, a retired botanist and plant ecologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves, will offer a short speech before the event on the importance of removing invasive plant species.

“It’s so important for us to preserve our natural resources within the Brownsburg Parks system so people can enjoy nature for generations to come,” said Assistant Director of Operations and Development Jonathan Blake.

The Weed Wrangle is part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces. State and community experts in invasive weed management will supervise the removal of small trees, vines and flowering plants while volunteers learn ways to address their own green spaces to combat invasive species.

Interested volunteers must be comfortable using power tools and chemicals such as herbicides. Volunteers ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, but all other safety gear will be provided by Brownsburg Parks. To volunteer, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aa5a82ea1f85-weed.