The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) and Friends of the Greenway (FROGS) in celebration of N.C. Invasive Plant Awareness Week, will host an educational event at the Tassee Picnic Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway at the corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive, Franklin Monday, April 7.
This event will host experts who will give brief presentations and answer questions about the identification, control and prevention of exotic invasive plants, animals and pathogens.
This event is open to the public between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 200 students from Franklin High School, Macon Early College, Southwestern Community College and Oconoluftee Job Corps will also be attending this event.
A rain date has been set for Wednesday, April 9.
Invasive exotic species, which include plants, animals, insects, and diseases, reproduce rapidly and produce abundantly. Invasive exotic species can be found on land and in water. They crowd out or kill native species – turning complex native ecosystems filled with a variety of species into simple communities dominated by a few, often exotic species.
Early April is an ideal time to build awareness of the harm caused by invasive species. Participation in this event on the Little Tennessee River Greenway is likely to increase the interest in invasive species management.