Garlic Mustard Pulls - 2018

No more Garlic Mustard signHelp us keep the boardwalk area free from garlic mustard, an invasive plant that out competes native vegetation! Each year new seeds are introduced by birds, animals, humans and plants that may have been missed in previous years.

Small second year garlic mustard

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, garlic mustard plants are easy to pull, so come and join us.

 

We'll pull Garlic Mustard from noon to 3 pm.

Scheduled dates for garlic mustard pulls this year are:

  • Monday, April 30 (before Biggest Week)
  • Monday, May 14 (after Biggest Week)
  • Thursday, May 17
  • Monday, May 21

Last year, we coordinated with Kelly Schott, communications specialist at Magee Marsh, and volunteers could fill out a DOW release form. This worked out well for everyone.

85 garbage bags of garlic mustard were pulled on 4 days in May with a total of 82 hours worked by the volunteers.

Kelly reported that she received many positive remarks from visitors on the absence of garlic mustard and the reappearance of native plants.

Plan to meet Kelly (or her assistant) at the west end of the boardwalk at noon to sign a liability form. If you can’t be there at the start, find us on the boardwalk and sign your form before you start work. We are not be permitted to pull garlic mustard outside of the scheduled times.

Large garlic mustard plants pulled from around boardwalk

 

Only four days are scheduled to work on ridding the boardwalk area of garlic mustard, so every volunteer is needed. We can use “spotters” on the boardwalk as well as pullers on the ground.

Interested volunteers will be able sign up at the Friends of Magee Marsh Gift Shop, in order to be contacted of date changes and receive reminders about the pull dates.

If you have any comments or questions email Dottie McDowell or
call her at 216 219 8430.