Garlic Mustard Pulls - 2019

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

Small second year garlic mustard

 

 

 

 

We are coordinating with Kelly Schott (communications specialist at Magee Marsh) again this year and volunteers need only to fill out a DOW release form on the day of the pull.

 

Last year, during the Biggest Week, black currant was in bloom and the birds were very attracted to it. Never have there been so many Cape May Warblers so close. This plant is one of several native plants that have responded to the removal of the garlic mustard. In his blog, Jim McCormac, highlighted our efforts at the boardwalk over the years and talked about the black currant comeback.
It was a welcome acknowledgement of our work.

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

Tentative dates for garlic mustard pulls this year are:

  • Wednesday, May 1 - Before the Biggest Week)
  • Tuesday, May 14 - After the Biggest Week)
  • Friday, May 17
  • Monday, May 20
  • Friday, May 24 - Last pass thru cleanup

Large garlic mustard plants pulled from around boardwalk

 

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

Dates will be posted on the Friends of Magee Marsh Facebook page and at FriendsofMageeMarsh.org.
In case of rain, that date will be rescheduled.

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