The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and Friends of the Greenway will host an educational event on the Franklin Greenway in conjunction with N.C. Invasive Species Awareness Week on Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Tassee Shelter.
The N.C. Invasive Species Awareness week was designated for the first time last year to raise awareness of problems caused by invasive exotic plants. The Greenway event will cover awareness of other invasive species as well.
Experts from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, LTLT, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership, North Carolina Forest Service, Friends of the Greenway, and North American Land Trust will host educational displays, give brief presentations and answer questions about exotic invasive plants, insects, mammals, fish, and aquatic invertebrates.
Franklin High School Agricultural Education and Job Corps students will team up for a service learning project to demonstrate a “Kudzu Roll,” one method for removing this fast growing invasive vine. Additional topics to be covered include the importance of streamside plantings for water quality; tools and methods for habitat restoration; and the impact of exotic species on our native woodlands and forests.
Most invasive plants affecting North Carolina are Asian natives. They crowd out native plants turning complex ecosystems filled with a variety of plant species into simple communities dominated by a single plant. Animals, insects, and birds that rely on the native ecosystems are also negatively affected. And in a state line North Carolina where agriculture and forestry are leading industries, invasive species deliver a serious blow to the economy.
This event is open to the public and organized by LTLT and Friends of the Greenway, with financial support from Duke Energy.