Summer Cedar Barren Cleanup
Because some invasive species are noticeable only in the summer, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has scheduled an additional exotic invasive plant removal workday at the Oak Ridge Cedar Barren this year. Located next to Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, this barren is a joint project of the City of Oak Ridge, the State Natural Areas Division, and TCWP. This area, one of just a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee, is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, Japanese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, and woody plants that threaten the system¹s prairie grasses. Our continuing efforts help to eliminate the invasives and other shade-producing plants that prevent the prairie grasses from getting needed sun.
Volunteers should meet in the Jefferson Middle School Parking lot at 8:30 a.m., with sturdy shoes, loppers, gloves, and water. The work session will conclude at noon with a pizza lunch. For more information, contact TCWP Executive Director Sandra K. Goss at (865) 583-3967 or at Sandra@sandrakgoss.com.