Pickwick State Park seeks volunteers for privet pull

FEB. 23 – Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers for Weed Wrangle – a nationwide effort to fight invasive plant species in public parks – on Saturday, March 3. 

“Our intent as stewards of Tennessee’s natural environment is to protect native vegetation and the role it plays in Tennessee’s ecosystem by removing invasive plants from Tennessee State Park land,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. 

Supervised by state and community experts in invasive weed management, volunteers will conduct hands-on removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while also learning tactics to take action in their own green spaces to stem the spread of invasive species. Tennessee’s event is in conjunction with The Garden Club of Nashville and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. 

Volunteers are needed in 33 state parks and two state natural areas across West, Middle and East Tennessee.

A privet pull is planned at Pickwick Landing State Park from 2-5 p.m. It’s a moderate workout and an environmental stewardship project all in one.


Chinese Privet is a shrub-like plant that out-competes native species of plants. 

Participation counts toward TN Promise hours. Register online at http://bit.ly/2EFfwxD.

Meet at the Pickwick Park office at 2 p.m. for a brief demonstration and safety lesson by the park ranger. Volunteers will then spend the rest of the time using the provided tools to remove privet stumps from the ground.

Work gloves will be provided in limited quantities, so feel free to bring your own if you have them. Wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a reusable water bottle.

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