City seeks volunteers for invasive species removal event, food drive on Jan. 17

Volunteers post for a photo during a previous cleanup event

Photo: Courtesy, City of Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — The city’s Environmental Action Committee will host an invasive species removal event and food drive at the new Fay Jones Woods project on Monday, Jan. 17.

The event, co-hosted by The New School, will begin at 1 p.m. and run until around 3 p.m. as volunteers work to remove invasive species in the area currently under construction just east of Fayetteville Public Library.

In addition to the invasive species removal project, volunteers may also bring one canned food item to donate to a local food pantry. Shelf stable protein, such as canned soup, meats and vegetables, or peanut butter are preferred items for the drive.

The event is part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a nationwide effort asking Americans to volunteer each year on the third Monday in January to improve their communities in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers will meet at the Fayetteville Public Library south lot just before 1 p.m. to kick off the event. Tools, training, and water will be provided, officials said, and sturdy shoes and long sleeves are recommended.