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DATE: March 24, 2006

Environmental Interpretive Center seeks volunteers to help remove invasive plants

DEARBORN---Environmental enthusiasts are invited to help remove invasive plants that are crowding out native wildflowers and tree seedlings from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the Environmental Interpretive Center on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The Earth Day activity, which is free and open to the public, is easy to learn and do, according to Rick Simek, program supervisor for the Environmental Interpretive Center.

"Garlic mustard is an invasive plant introduced from Europe which can threaten showy spring blooming ephemerals like spring beauty, trilliums and trout lilies," Simek said. "It's on our 'most wanted' list. We hope to remove as much of it as we can from the campus's Natural Area, so we'll need lots of mustard pullers to make an impact."

The activity is ideal for groups that are looking to obtain service project hours, and groups of all sizes are welcome to attend, Simek said. Participants should bring a sack lunch, he noted.

For more information, call Simek at (313) 583-6371.

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