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Volunteers Needed To Remove Invasive Plant Species From Upper Arlington

Volunteers Needed to Remove Invasive Plant Species from Upper Arlington

Another invasive plant needs removed from Upper Arlington’s parks; honeysuckle. In order to protect our parks, the Friends of Upper Arlington Parks is teaming up with students from The Ohio State University to fight against invasive honeysuckle in Smith Nature Park and are looking for volunteers! If interested, meet on the east side of Smith Nature Park (1270 Fishinger Road) on Saturday, August 24, from 9 am-Noon. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Tools are provided. For more information, visit www.friendsofuaparks.com to learn more and to get involved.

NEW INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES FOUND IN UPPER ARLINGTON PARKS:

A new invasive plant species has found its way into Upper Arlington’s parks. Ranunculus Ficaria–better known as Lesser Celandine or fig buttercup­ pictured above–is a dense, dark green groundcover with heart-shaped leaves, and yellow flowers with eight petals. It covers forest floors or creek banks during the early spring months. The Friends of UA Parks volunteers have already seen these plants along the banks at Turkey Run next to Thompson Park and Cardiff Woods Park.

As a densely growing plant, it can displace native forest wildflowers, which in turn negatively impacts the wildlife and pollinators that depend on these wildflowers as a food source.

The City is asking residents to be on the lookout for these plants and to report any sightings in natural areas within our parks to the Parks & Forestry Division, who will coordinate its removal.

You can either contact Parks & Forestry by clicking here to complete our online contact form, or by calling 614-583-5340. If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of UA Parks—which frequently schedules invasive species removal efforts within our parks—visit www.friendsofuaparks.com to learn more and to get involved.

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