JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Sullivan County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) celebrated National Public Lands Day by getting out and removing invasive species in Shakamak State Park.

The groups along with other volunteers removed oriental bittersweet plants. They are a plant native to china.

Amber Slaughterbeck, a CISMA Regional Specialist, said the removal will benefit the native vegetation.

“Invasive species affect all of us in multiple ways. Here at the parkland we are working to get rid of it because it’s hurting the habitat here for all of our native wildlife.”

The group’s next meeting will take place on Oct. 5 at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds.