Invasive Species Identification, Removal with Lisa Huff
SATURDAY | SEPT 24
Meet 10 AM EDT at historic Uffington House on Rugby Pkwy.
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 us and
Lisa Huff, East TN Regional Stewardship Ecologist at Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
as we 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. Park at historic Uffington House and meet at the kiosk in front of it. We’ll go across Rugby Parkway to the Allerton Ridge Trailhead 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 trouble spots quickly. If we get started promptly, we should be done with that and the hike around noon.