Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive, non-native plant, which has infested many parts of the Appalachian Trail’s corridor. Due to its dominating nature and lack of popularity amongst North America herbivores it is easily capable of outcompeting native plants, depriving them of sunlight, moisture, and space.
Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (TEHCC) and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on Friday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m (rain date 5/2/19) to help remove Garlic Mustard from the Appalachian Trail. Efforts to eradicate the small invasive plant are Trail wide as the Garlic Mustard Challenge brings the 31 trail maintaining clubs of the Appalachian Trail to compete to see who can remove the most Garlic Mustard. Luckily, due to the plants shallow roots the work is fairly fast and it’s amazing how much area can be cleared within a few hours. In fact, over the past three years more than 15,000 pounds of Garlic Mustard have been removed from the Trail’s corridor. All necessary tools and training will be provided. Wear sturdy boots, long pants and work glove, and bring your own lunch, personal snacks and water.
The group will be meeting at the Roan Mountain State Park headquarters/conference center at 9:30 a.m and pulling Garlic Mustard until approximately 1:30 p.m.
Advanced registration necessary, limited space available; please register below.