FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 -or-
ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER - 216-635-3274
Take another look at those plants in the yard that might not be
your average weed. More and more invasive species of plants are
pushing their ways into gardens and the Park District. And this
year, Cleveland Metroparks is fighting back harder than ever
against invasive plants in the Park District.
Invasive plants are not the same as lawn or garden weeds,
although they share many traits. These plants establish and spread
quickly to form dense monocultures in native habitats. They can
disrupt essential relationships between animals, plants and the
environment, such as food supplies, breeding habitat, water
availability, and the physical structure and components of
ecosystems. Invasive plants can arrive in waves, with multiple
species moving in together, creating cascading negative effects on
local biological diversity. In the worst cases, invasive plants are
game-changers, actually altering or degrading natural functions of
ecosystems, such as water quality or soil chemistry.
Some of the invasive plants found in Cleveland Metroparks
include: buckthorns, honeysuckles, Japanese barberry and
multifloral rose (woody species); cattails, phragmites, purple
loosestrife and reed canarygrass (wetland species); and garlic
mustard, Japanese knotweed and lesser celandine (upland
This summer, Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education Division
invites the public to get involved with the efforts to eradicate
invasive plants. The following programs are offered to park
visitors this August:
Weeders in the Wild
Saturday, August 4 � 1 - 3 p.m.
Look About Lodge � South Chagrin Reservation
The woodland around Look About Lodge is riddled with Japanese
barberry. Lend a hand in restoring this natural area by digging and
disposing of this invasive plant. Ages 14 to adults can bring work
gloves and a shovel to help curtail the spread of this shrub
throughout the forest. Look About Lodge is located at 37374 Miles
Road in South Chagrin Reservation, between SOM Center Road/Route 91
and Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville. For more information, call
Invasive Plant Patrol
Sunday, August 25 � 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Nature Center � Garfield Park
Wild grapevines are invading Garfield Park Reservation! Bring
pruners and gloves and help cut these vines that often cause tree
damage by breaking limbs and even uprooting trees. Long sleeves are
recommended. Garfield Park Nature Center is located off Mill Creek
Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park Reservation
in Garfield Heights. For more information, call 216-341-3152.
In addition to the August programs, visitors can train to be
�Environmental Warriors� at �Area 49: Alien Invasion� on
Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CanalWay Center in Ohio
& Erie Canal Reservation. Learn how to identify alien plants
and other wildife and how to combat them. It's important to
understand where these alien species came from, how they move about
the area and what their intentions are for local flora and fauna.
There will be displays of equipment used n the war against invasive
plants and insects, crafts, games and more.
Help in the fight against the alien invasion with Cleveland
Metroparks - part of your life, naturally.