FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2018 Contact:
Public Invited to Learn Abou
Invasive Species at Hands-On Removal Workshop
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Please join the City of Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee for hands-on Invasive Species Removal Workshop at Veterans Park (4451 N. Vantage Drive on the south side of Lake Fayetteville) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. 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.
Fayetteville citizens and businesses are encouraged to learn about invasive species when choosing plants and to remove and replace invasive species on their own properties by downloading Invasive Plant Species in Fayetteville Arkansas
. The helpful education booklet was created by City staff and a group of stakeholders – including nursery owners, horticulturists, landscape architects, biologists, and community members. It provides information about how to identify, remove, and replace invasive plants with native or non-invasive equivalents.
Invasive species removal is a priority for the City of Fayetteville. The Parks and Recreation Department and other organizations work with volunteers on 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.