Committee to host invasive species removal workshop at Veterans Park

Bush Honeysuckle photo by Bonnie Council

The Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee will host a hands-on invasive species removal workshop from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Veterans Park, 4451 N. Vantage Drive on the south side of Lake Fayetteville.

During the event, participants will learn how to identify and remove invasive species. Tools and water will be provided. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring work gloves and wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes.

City officials continually encourage residents and business owners to learn about invasive species when choosing plants and to remove and replace invasive species on their own properties. An educational booklet was created by city staff and a group of local stakeholders with information about how to identify, remove, and replace invasive plants with native or non-invasive equivalents. It can be downloaded from the city’s website.

The booklet is part of a series of initiatives launched after the City Council adopted an invasive species ordinance in 2015 that prohibits developers from planting 18 invasive plant species when constructing new neighborhoods.