Garlic Mustard Removal at Lemon Gap
April 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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 among North America herbivores, it is easily capable of out-competing native plants, depriving them of sunlight, moisture, and space.
Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) on Wednesday, April 24 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m (rain date 5/1/19) 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 gloves, and bring your own lunch, personal snacks and water.
The group will be meeting at Home Depot at exit 44 off of I-40 at 9 a.m for a carpool to Lemon Gap. The plan is to collect Garlic Mustard from 10:30-1:30 and arrive back at Home Depot by 3 p.m. There will be an optional Max Patch hike after work for interested volunteers.