For Immediate Release
February 17, 2017
Contact: Peter Nierengarten
Public Invited to Learn About Invasive Species
at Hands-On Removal Workshop
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Please join the City of Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council Emerging Professionals Group for hands-on Invasive Species Removal Workshop at Veterans Park (located at 4451 N. Vantage Drive on the south side of Lake Fayetteville) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. Participants will learn how to identify and remove invasive plants. Tools and water will be provided. People are encouraged to bring work gloves and wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes.
Invasive species removal is a priority for the City of Fayetteville. Volunteers, including a herd of goats, work with the Parks and Recreation Department conducting removal projects across the City. The Environmental Action Committee and community stakeholders helped the City develop an Invasive Species Ordinance that was adopted by City Council in November 2015. Ordinance 5820 amended the City Code 177.09 Landscape Regulations: Invasive Plant Species
to adopt regulations prohibiting the installation of eighteen invasive plant species in developments that require a landscape plan review and approval by the Urban Forestry Division.
City staff and a group of stakeholders - including nursery owners, horticulturists, landscape architects, biologists, and community members, developed the “Invasive Plant Species in Fayetteville Arkansas” digital publication. The educational packet provides information about how to identify, remove, and replace invasive plants with native or non-invasive equivalents. “Invasive Plant Species in Fayetteville Arkansas” and other information about how to help remove invasive species in Fayetteville can be found on this City webpage