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Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when a few plant species take over and dominate the herbaceous, shrub, and canopy layers of a forest.

This Week in the Woods

Weed Warriors are out in the parks every day. Here we share some of our latest finds.

  • January 12 - Check out the buds on trees. Next summers' flowers and leaves are beginning to expand.

Meet the Weed Warriors

 

Carole
Warrior-in-Chief Carole

Carole Bergmann is the woman who dreamed up this whole project over 15 years ago. As a young natural resource manager she was at the forefront of noticing the effects non-native invasives were having on the forest ecosystem. Trees were falling, birds were leaving and the parks were not the same. Working with Friends groups and volunteers, Carole laid the foundation for one of the most outstanding (I'm not just saying that) non-native invasive species control programs in the country. Now, as Forest Ecologist for Montgomery Parks, Carole leads the Weed Warriors in the effort to manually control non-native invasive plants. Check out the updated and revised Best Management Practices methodology handbook.

Event Highlights

Find more Weed Warrior events listed on our Weed Warrior Event Page and the Park Events Calendar.

First Saturday Workday

Saturday, February 7, 12:00-2:00PM
Come the to help unbury Hillwood Manor from the porcelainberry. Stay tuned for weather updates, or RSVP by February 5 to mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org to get details.

Supervisor-led Events

First Wednesday of the month, January 7, February 4, March 4 9:00-10:30AM
Join the effort to keep nature alive along the Capital Crescent Trail. Find out more and RSVP to Dave at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Third Saturday of the month, January 17, February 21, March 21 10:00-12:00PM
Join the neighbors of Locust Hill to uncover the hidden gem of Elmhirst Parkway Park a tributary to Rock Creek Stream Valley. RSVP to Anne at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org to get details.

Last Saturday of the month, January 31, February 28, March 28 9:00-11:00AM
Preserve the legacy of Sligo Creek. Find out more and RSVP to Greg at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Sundays, January 18, January 25, 1:00-3:00PM
Sunday afternoons are the perfect day to protect the trees. Find out more about the efforts at Little Falls and RSVP to Celia at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Volunteer Basics

Weed Warrior training icon
Becoming a Certified Weed Warrior is easy. We offer trainings from April to October, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration opens the first week of March.

Special Projects

Are you interested in joining in a Special Project Weed Warrior project for a day? Click here to search the Park Events Calendar for volunteer opportunities. Click here to search the current individual Volunteer Services Office listings.

  • No experience is necessary. We will train you on-site
  • The minimum age for most projects is 14
  • Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • We are Student Service Learning (SSL) approved
  • Wear clothes that are good for working in the out-of-doors
  • Bring gloves, pruners, and water - we will have extras on-site if you don't have them
  • We work rain or shine, however, thunderstorms do cancel the project

Existing Weed Warriors report your hours here.

Weed warrior video imageWeed Warriors on County Cable Montgomery

Some our favorite Weed Warriors did a video interview for "Did You Know?", a local cable show for County Cable Montgomery. If you ever wanted to know what we do, and why, watching this will get you up to speed.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Making windowsOver 64 volunteers joined us for vine patrol on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. We attacked oriental bittersweet, porcelainberry, english ivy, bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose, privet, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and a few more. Thanks so much to our regular Weed Warriors and our Warrior for a Day recruits!

 

 

 

Contact Us

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to register for training at: mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org

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