Invasive Plant Patrol
What Is the Invasive Plant Patrol?
In Spring 2011, the City of Maplewood partnered with the Ramsey County Cooperative Weed Management Area (RCCWMA) to launch a pilot volunteer monitoring program - the Invasive Plant Patrol. The goal of the Plant Patrol is to prevent new,
How Does the Plant Patrol Work?
The Plant Patrol RCCWMA coordinator recruits and trains volunteers. Each volunteer selects a site to monitor during the growing session. When a species is about to bloom (or when it’s easiest to identify it), volunteers receive an email alert to check their sites. If the target species is found, the volunteer records its location with a GPS unit or takes a photo with a
In addition to volunteers, Maplewood
What Does Volunteering Involve?
Volunteers attend a training session where they learn to identify target species, mark locations with GPS units or
Has the Program Made a Difference?
The 20 active volunteers discovered over 100 new invasive plant patches, between April 2011 and October 2012. By the end of 2012, 75 of these had been removed by volunteers or treated with herbicide by staff and other agencies. The value of volunteer time donated to the city was over $8,600.
How Do I Sign Up?
It’s easy! Contact Maplewood Nature Center to learn about the next Plant Patrol training session. Sessions are typically offered in March and April.