This webinar is part of a series for National Invasive Species Awareness Week hosted by the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils.
Inspired by national and international efforts now underway, Weed Wrangle Nashville represents a fresh new push to stem the tide of biological pollution in local communities. The goal is two-fold: restoration and preservation. Organizers seek to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for the light and nutrients they require to survive. The Garden Club of Nashville, a member of The Garden Club of America, and GCA members from Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville are working hard to pull in other local groups to establish a corps of organized resistance to this blight on our environment. Friends of Warner Parks, Greenways for Nashville and the Radnor Lake State Natural Area are just a few of the partners now backing Weed Wrangle Nashville. The first annual Weed Wrangle was held in Nashville, TN during the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week. This event acted as a template for other cities in the United States to engage local communities to pull together to learn about and manage invasive plants. Steven Manning will discuss the financing, staffing, PR and goals behind this project including 10 sites (from elementary schools to the Nashville Zoo) that created a circle of natural areas around the greater Nashville area. The 2016 event has spread statewide and the event sponsors envision this being a national event within two years.