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Volunteers sought for Mississinewa Lake cleanup

STAFF REPORT

Officials are seeking volunteers to help with cleanup for National Public Lands Day at Mississinewa Lake, on Sept. 28.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., volunteers will participate in a “weed wrangle” to begin the removal of invasive plant species from the Blue Heron Trailhead located in Miami SRA, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a recent news release. 

Those interested can register by calling (260) 468-2127.

Participants will have a chance to learn about invasive plants, and why native plant species are important to the landscape. They will also learn about invasive management techniques. 

Officials say they are targetting bush honeysuckle, autumn olive and tree of heaven in the Blue Heron Trailhead area and will continue to do so in coming years. 

Volunteers are reminded to come prepared for the work including wearing closed-toe shoes or boots, gloves, long sleeved shirt and long pants. They should also consider bringing insect repellant, sun screen, a wide-brimmed hat and water bottles.

Those interested in the continued efforts to combat invasive species may join the Upper Wabash CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) group.

Business owners, farmers, property owners, and interested individuals in the Miami, Wabash, and Huntington county areas are welcome. For more information on this group, contact Teresa Rody at  trody@dnr.in.gov or (260) 468-2127.