Garlic Mustard Pulling Party!

WHEN: Monday May 23, 2011 – 4:00 pm until around 6 or so (please come for any or all of that time!)

WHERE: UVLT offices at 19 Buck Road, Hanover – forces will depart from here and intersect the enemy encroaching into the Mink Brook preserve…

WHY: Garlic mustard is a terrible invader of roadsides and forest floors, and the infestation at Buck Road is one of the most entrenched in Hanover. Garlic mustard displaces all other native species, kills beneficial fungi in the soil that trees rely on for effective growth, is distasteful to native herbivores, so it takes over quickly and completely if not controlled! Come help with this effort and you will quickly learn how to ID the plant and find it in other places (this is one of the best ways to stay on top of the threat and prevent small start-up colonies from ever getting established)! This particular invasive plant is still in fairly isolated spots in our area, so active management can and will make a difference.

THE ENEMY!

WHO: YOU! And as many recruits as you can find to join UVLT staff for an all-out war (for an afternoon, outdoors in the sun, which will even be fun)! We would love to hit this population of garlic mustard hard so that its control is more manageable down the road (on-going efforts will have to be made to future sprouts from setting seed, but NOW is the time to take out a lot of it!)

UVLT’s Sara Cavin getting ready to devour THE ENEMY!

A few other details: Wear clothes appropriate for working outside – bring water bottles especially if it is warm (we hope!). This plant is pretty straightforward to hand-pull, so you can bring gloves if you’d like, but it isn’t really necessary if you don’t mind getting a bit dirty (who minds getting dirty?).

Added Bonus: Everyone who shows up to help out will be entered into a PRIZE drawing to be held at the party’s conclusion!

  • Sara Cavin

    Where else have you noticed garlic mustard?  Besides those spots identified in Hanover by the good work of the Hanover Biodiversity Committee, there are some patches just across the river posing the same threats! 
    Just in the last day or so I have noticed some along Route 5 in North Thetford, Academy Road between Thetford Hill and Union Village, Campbell Flats Road in Union Village (near the covered bridge!), Goodrich Four Corners Road and just off Koch & Willey Hill Roads in Norwich…

  • Mike Bald

     Sara, I’m seeing more garlic mustard this year than ever before, it’s almost as pervasive now as the even more tenacious goutweed.  I’m sure it’s ten times more prevalent than what we see and know.
    I was hoping to join a pulling crew today (Saturday), but can’t seem to find the info on the Rip Road patch…. checked the Hanover Biodiversity page, but nothing there.  Well I’ll ask around at the Norwich Farmers Market and maybe someone will know. 

  • Sara Cavin

     Mike, hope you were able to find the Rip Road pulling team!  If you want more GM fun come by UVLT at 19 Buck Road this afternoon!  Starting a 4pm or so, we’ve got a good team coming to help but would certainly love another set of hands.