Approximately 400 Pounds of the Garlic Mustard was pulled by 21 volunteers (Update)

Ferdinand – (NNDC)

Twenty-one volunteers from 5 counties gathered to help eradicate invasive garlic mustard from Ferdinand State Forest Thursday evening.  The volunteers spent 2 1/2 hours removing the nearly 400 pounds of the non native plant that threatens to over the under story of the forest, making it almost impossible for native wildflowers to flourish.  Organizer Carla Striegal-Winner, volunteer for the Invasive Species Awareness Coalition of Dubois County, said “It was amazing to have so many volunteers this year…in past years we still had more to pull when we stopped for the evening. This time we finally got ahead of it!  The invasive weed puts out thousands of seeds per plant, so each plant pulled is a small victory.

Those with questions about garlic mustard or other invasive plants may contact Invasive Species Specialist Emily Finch at 482 1171 ext 3.



Below are pictures from Thursday –

Carla is showing local Dubois County volunteers Leo and Matt Widolff how to identify and pull garlic mustard.








Below is Dave Holtzman of Huntingburg in the woods looking for more invasive garlic mustard