Weed Pull Challenge
The TNIPMC is calling all Invasive Plant Warriors to pull together an army of volunteers to wage war on invasive plants. This challenge encourages community organizations and groups to become local stewards by controlling invasive plants at a high priority invasive plant site.The group that pulls the most invasive plants (by weight) will win a $250 honorarium that will go towards that groups programs and initiatives. The Weed Pull Challenge will run from June 1st to September 15th.
Who can be Involved?
Any interested community organization or group can participate. Groups include sports teams, youth clubs (e.g. girl guides, boy scouts, 4H), non-profit societies, community service groups (e.g. Rotary Club), church groups, etc. It’s a wonderful way to promote stewardship, encourage a family activity, and raise money for your community group and tackle local invasive plant issues at the same time.
How Does it Work?
Groups are required to make a 3 hour commitment for the event on a day/time that is convenient for them. Permission to pull at a given location must be obtained by the organization/group and pre-approved by the TNIPMC. All participating groups must make arrangements to properly dispose of bagged invasive plants at the nearest solid waste management facility after the event. TNIPMC representatives will join your team to do the official weigh in and speak to the group about invasive plants. Groups will only be able to control non-toxic invasive plants that are safe to handpull:
- Spotted/ Diffuse knapweed
- Hoary alyssum
- Common tansy
- Common burdock
We encourage participating organizations/groups to make this a funfilled event for volunteers. In past, groups have provided a snacks, music and their own challenges and prizes to see which individual can pull the most.
Note- groups/organizations are welcome to host more than one weed pull event however only the highest weight will be considered for the contest (cumulative weight will not be considered).
Please fill out the registration form below and a TNIPMC staff member will be in touch with you shortly.