Invasive Species Awareness Week - Nashville, TN

Thanks to everyone who attended Weed Wrangle 2015

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More worksite specific highlights coming soon. Weed Wrangle had over 500 volunteers at all sites registered.


Opening Event

The Hill Forest

TNEPPC Conference

Weed Wrangle Nashville


Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Weed Wrangle 2015: A Template for Engaging Local Communities through a Citywide Invasive Plant Event

Join us for a webinar on Feb 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST.
Register now!

The first annual Weed Wrangle Nashville will be held during the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week. This event is intended to act as a template for other cities in the United States to engage local communities to pull together to learn about and manage invasive plants. Steven Manning will discuss the financing, staffing, PR and goals behind this project including 10 sites (from elementary schools to the Nashville Zoo) that create a circle of natural areas around the greater Nashville area.

Inspired by national and international efforts now underway, Weed Wrangle Nashville represents a fresh new push to stem the tide of biological pollution in local communities. The goal is two-fold: restoration and preservation. Organizers seek to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for the light and nutrients they require to survive. The Garden Club of Nashville and other planners are working hard to pull in other local groups to establish a corps of organized resistance to this blight on our environment. Friends of Warner Parks, Greenways for Nashville and the Radnor Lake State Natural Area are just a few of the partners now backing Weed Wrangle Nashville. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Belmont University -
Environmental Science Program
Opening Event at 4:00 PM
Introduction to Invasive Species in Tennessee
Forming a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area to combat invasive in Tennessee
Guest Speaker: Steve Manning, Invasive Plant Control Inc.
Location: Wedgewood Academic Center (Corner of 15th and Wedgewood)
Room 4094 (Fourth Floor)
Parking: Guests should park in the South Garage under the building
Free event open to the public

Thursday February 26th, 2015

The Hill Forest
6811 Highway 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221

On Thursday, February 26, in conjunction with the conference, Invasive Plant Control (IPC), Inc. is hosting a hike of the Warner Parks’ Hill property, an urban old-growth forest, now a state natural area. A social with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, provided by IPC, Inc. will follow. Hike will begin at 4pm, social will follow from 5-7pm. Directions and a map for the IPC hike and social are available here.
Registration for this and event below can be found through the TN-EPPC website

Friday February 27th, 2015

Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference
Location: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville

Join us for TN-EPPC’s Twentieth Anniversary Conference on Friday, February 27, 2015. The conference will take place where it all began in 1994, Cheekwood Art & Gardens’ Botanic Hall in Nashville. We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker Dan Simberloff, the Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a renowned researcher on invasion biology. In addition, there will be a slate of presenters with short programs on topics such as national EPPC standards, economic costs of invasive species, invasion trends, future projections, and cooperative partnership models. We’ll also take a quick look at TN-EPPC’s history and invite attendees to help us plan our future.

Pesticide Points: School ID#26568 for 5 points in categories 2, 3, 6, 10 & 12
The conference program will be available here.
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. CST, and the conference will wrap up at 4:00.
Detailed directions and maps are also available here.
Register Here.

Saturday February 28th, 2015

WHAT: The first-ever WEED WRANGLE NASHVILLE, a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. These include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper.

WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to Noon

WHERE: Ten public parks and other public-accessible spaces across Nashville, including Beaman Park/Bells Bend; Nashville Zoo at Grassmere; Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary; Radnor Lake State Natural Area; Shelby Bottoms Greenways and Nature Park; and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. The other targeted areas, with exact locations TBD, are under the oversight of Cumberland River Compact; Friends of Warner Parks; Greenways for Nashville; and the Richland Creek Watershed Association.

WHY: Invasive/exotic plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitat, increase the risk of wildfire and alter the appearance of public spaces, including those set aside for the enjoyment and recreation of all Nashville residents. Without decisive intervention, these plants, insects and other non-native intruders will continue to adversely impact our city’s ecosystem resources and services.

HOW: Funding for Weed Wrangle Nashville is provided by The Garden Club of America Partners for Plants Habitat Restoration program and by The Garden Club of Nashville a member of The Garden Club of America, whose mission is to promote interest in gardens, their design, culture and management and to cooperate in the protection of wild flowers, native plants, trees and birds.

RELATED EVENTS: During the week preceding Weed Wrangle Nashville, several related events will take place around Nashville, including a free community lecture at Belmont University at 4:00 on Wednesday, February 25 offered to educate the public about invasive plants. There will also be a full day workshop held by the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plants Council (TNEPPC) at Cheekwood for interested parties. TNEPPC annual conference is open to the public and registration is available at

MORE INFO: Please contact with questions.

Meet the Enemy

Buy a Weed Wrangle T-shirt

Click on the site where you would like to volunteer for the free registration:

Warner ParksMore Info and Directions
Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature ParkMore Info and Directions
Beaman Park/Bells BendMore Info and Directions
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere - FULLMore Info and Directions
Greenways for Nashville & Richland Creek Watershed AllianceMore Info and Directions
Owl's Hill Nature SanctuaryMore Info and Directions
Radnor Lake State Natural Area - 8-12More Info and Directions
Radnor Lake State Natural Area - 12-4More Info and Directions
Cheekwood Botanical GardensMore Info and Directions
Lipscomb University/Academy (full, please visit one of the other sites)More Info and Directions

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 22-28, 2015

Participate in events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county. Plan your own event using the NISAW Toolkit - where and when it works for you!

Plan to attend 3 days of events during NISAW 2015 in Washington DC:

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 23-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it's a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.

"Though the impact of invasive species is profound, there are important steps we can take to manage infestations and prevent their spread," says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., director of science policy for the WSSA. "It all begins with awareness."

Eight Ways You Can Help

  1. Learn about invasive species, especially those found in your region. Your county extension office ( and the National Invasive Species Information Center ( are both trusted resources.
  2. Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location.
  3. Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways.
  4. Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."
  5. Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.
  6. Report new or expanded invasive species outbreaks to authorities. (See for a state-by-state list of contacts.)
  7. Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.
  8. Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species

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