Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Garlic mustard educational webcast April 8

Source: Stewardship Network

Garlic Mustard and the Challenge Kick-Off!

Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Time: 11:45am to 1pm Eastern
Place: Your Computer!

Garlic Mustard is an invasive brought to America by Europeans as an herb. With none of its native competitors to keep it in check, Garlic Mustard has agressively spread to over 30 states and parts of Canada- taking over forest floors, choking out native wildflowers and young trees and creating a serious threat to the health of our native ecosystems.

Last year, the Stewardship Network held its first annual Garlic Mustard Challenge. We set a goal of collectively pulling 100,000 pounds of the plant. Participants reported their pulls to us between mid-April and mid-June. Working together, individuals from across the state and Midwest shattered that goal by pulling 128,470 pounds! The Stewardship Cluster that pulled the most was the West Michigan Cluster, pulling over 28,000 pounds just from their area of the state!

This year, we're setting our sites higher, and our new goal is 200,000 pounds- that's 100 tons! And that's not all that's changed this year...

Join Doug Landis, of Michigan State University's Department of Entomology and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network to learn more about Garlic Mustard, the Challenge and what you can do to help fight the spread of this harmful invasive plant.

Click here for more information, including directions on how to join!


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