Oak Ridge

March 4, 2017

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Oak Ridge Barrens State Natural Area

Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) will sponsor a Weed Wrangle®-Oak Ridge to remove invasive plants at a small unique area in the heart of Oak Ridge. The Oak Ridge Barrens State Natural area, will be the focus of the event on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

One of a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee, the area is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, leather leaf viburnum, and other woody plants that threaten the system's vegetation.

Located next to Jefferson Middle School (200 Fairbanks Rd.) in Oak Ridge, this small remnant of rare barrens habitat was spared from development in 1988 through efforts led by TCWP, sponsor of this event, and was subsequently registered as a Tennessee Natural Area. Its maintenance is a joint project of TCWP, the City of Oak Ridge, and the Tennessee Division of State Natural Areas. TCWP has worked to eliminate invasive species at the barrens each year since 2003.

Volunteers should arrive in the Jefferson Middle School parking lot next to the baseball field at 9:00 AM, with sturdy shoes or boots, loppers, gloves, and water. TCWP will provide other tools. Our efforts will eliminate shade-producing plants, benefiting the native prairie grasses and three rare plants. Volunteers will be treated to pizza following the event around noon. We should be done with everything by 1:00 PM.

Contact Information: Jimmy Groton

TCWP is dedicated to protecting natural lands and waters by means of public ownership, legislation, or cooperation of the private sector. Our efforts focus on the Cumberland and Appalachian regions of East Tennessee, but may extend to the rest of the state and the nation.

TCWP, a member of Community Shares, an Oak Ridge-based environmental advocacy group with a keen interest in pure drinking water, clean air, and the Cumberland Plateau. For more information, please contact TCWP Executive Director Sandra K. Goss at 865-583-3967 or sandra@sandrakgoss.com.

This Weed Wrangle®-Oak Ridge is coordinated with the help of the Garden Club of Nashville and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

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The Weed Wrangle® started by The Garden Club of Nashville in 2015, expanded to the Knoxville Garden Club, Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, Memphis Garden Club, and The Little Garden Club of Memphis in 2016. All clubs are members of The Garden Club of America and participants in the GCA Partners for Plants program.