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Autumn Olive Removal Volunteer Days

Volunteers gathered at Seven Bends State Park for autumn olive removal workdays on Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, November 21. Fourteen volunteers in total removed dead autumn olive, which were treated with herbicide a couple of years ago by park rangers. They also cut recently uprooted autumn olive shrubs into manageable pieces and dragged the pieces into piles to be hauled off park property.

The workdays marked the first Friends of Seven Bends State Park volunteer days at the park since the onset of the pandemic. On the Lupton side of the park, invasive autumn olive has become pervasive along Lupton Road across from the FSBSP bluebird trail, preventing native plants and wildlife from flourishing there. Park rangers and volunteers will continue to clear autumn olive from this location in the future and eventually will begin to establish native plants species replacements. The next Friends of Seven Bends State Park volunteer effort will likely be focused on trail maintenance work. Join the FSBSP mailing list by emailing us to express interest to stay up-to-date on volunteer and educational events.

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