Shakamak State Park seeks volunteers for invasive species removal event Saturday

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JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management is seeking volunteers for its National Public Lands Day Invasive Species Removal Event Saturday at Shakamak State Park.

From 9-11 a.m., volunteers are encouraged to “celebrate the connection between people and public lands” by helping remove Oriental bittersweet, an invasive plant that endangers the survival of several other species, from the park’s grounds. Oriental bittersweet creates diverse ecological, managerial, and agricultural complications for local flora. One reason Oriental bittersweet thrives is that its colored fruit appeals to mammals and birds, who after eating it excrete seeds at different other locations.

Invasive plant ID training will be provided on-site. Volunteers 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A waiver will provided on-site. Masks are required and social distancing rules will apply. Water, snacks, bags, daubers and bug spray will be provided. Glovers, clippers and handsaws are suggested, and long pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended.

Those with questions can E-mail Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator Allison McKain at Sullivan-swcd@iaswcd.org.

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