Invasive Species Identification, Removal

Guest Guide: TN State Parks’ Morgin Arms

Meet 10 AM EDT Rugby Visitor Centre


Throughout the year, the Friends of the Rugby State Natural Area work tirelessly to support, maintain and manage the land’s wildlife and flora. This is a tough job requiring the removal of detrimental invasive species that try to choke out the area’s indigenous inhabitants.

Join Morgin Arms, with Tennessee State Parks, to hike through Rugby’s trail system while learning to identify invasive species, and participate in protecting this natural treasure by helping pull a bit of Japanese spirea. A note from project leader Benita Howell:

If you value Rugby for our unique natural surroundings (among other reasons), you can help conserve what you value. Join State Parks Interpreter Morgin Arms and RSNA Friends to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a stewardship walk on the Massengale Loop Trail. We’ll stop briefly in two or three locations to pull up invasive Japanese spiraea plants that crowd out native species.
Dress for hiking with sturdy shoes and bring thick garden gloves and plenty of water. If you have a favorite short-handled garden hoe, you might bring it also. We’ll have some tools on hand to dig out recalcitrant roots, but most plants are easy to yank out of the ground. Many hands make light work, so we probably can clear out the three trouble spots on Massengale Loop with a 10-minute work stop at each one. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. If we get started promptly, we should be done around noon. Hope to see you Saturday.

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