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Letter: Weed Warriors seek volunteers

I think it is great that the

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devoted its April 22 editorial to the threat of invasive pests. After the loss of habitat, the encroachment of invasive non-native plants is the greatest threat to our native wildlife.

The editorial mentions that the Carroll Department of Recreation and Parks recently had to spend over $50,000 to remove invasive plant hydrilla in Piney Run Lake. I would like to share a little information about a totally volunteer organization that helps to remove land-based non-native invasive plants from our nature centers at no cost to taxpayers.

The Carroll County Weed Warriors were founded by the Carroll Forest Conservancy District Board in 2010. The Weed Warriors are now additionally co-sponsored by the Carroll Master Gardeners and the Catoctin Group of the Maryland Sierra Club. We provide free training to adults and children age middle school and older on the identification and removal of invasive non-native plants. After training, the Weed Warriors work 3-hour sessions at our nature centers removing invasive exotic weeds.

Carroll students have been very enthusiastic about this project this spring. We already have about 140 people signed up for upcoming training classes.

We have limited space still available in our May 10, 2 to 4 p.m. class at Bear Branch Nature Center. If you would be interested in this training class or being put on the notification list for future classes, just email us at

. We also welcome corporate or non-profit sponsors to help us pay for our training materials.

Carolyn Puckett

Hampstead

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