Calling All Mazo Beach Weed Warriors!

THANK YOU GIFTS FOR ALL MAZO BEACH WEED WARRIORS,

AN INVITATION TO A WEED WARRIOR PARTY THIS FALL,

AND MANY CHANCES TO WIN VALUABLE PRIZES

 

They’re  B-A-A-C-K….

 car covered with garlic mustard

 Not only have they killed native plants, but appear to have tried to suffocate this car as well…

Some of you may have participated individually or collectively in garlic mustard pulls at Mazo Beach in the past.

We want to thank you once more for the effort and time you have put into this very important project.

 

During this fifth year of our involvement, Friends of Mazo Beach is once again helping the DNR with their attempts to keep garlic mustard from taking over woodland areas.  Each year there appeared to be less plants, until this year when they seem to have taken over practically everywhere.  

 

For those of you who did not pull in past years and are unfamiliar with garlic mustard, it is an invasive biennial herb that ranges from 12 to 40 inches in height as an adult flowering plant.  It has a great ability to overwhelm the natural habitat, completely covering the forest floor in a short time displacing most native wildflower species and tree seedlings.  Among the most aggressive of the invasive plants, they threaten the abundant wildflowers and diverse forest ecosystem around Mazo Beach, and the mustard plants are clearly winning.  In only a few years, garlic mustard has taken over the area, effecting not only wildflowers but tree growth and the animals that depend on the natural growth.  But the speed with which it appears and blooms in the spring is worth observing, since it’s among the reasons this plant is so successful in competing with native plants. The earliness and vigor of its growth is one reason it is able to shade out native plants and kill them.  It also is extremely prolific in seed production.  Thus, our most vigilant efforts have to be made to try to control it.

 

This year many bags have already been pulled to date.  We will be doing the majority of pulling throughout May and June, and then continue to monitor the areas throughout the entire growing season to catch the plants that germinate later. The key is to have them pulled before the seeds on the long chutes are released, which occurs later in July and August.  The DNR will again be providing the garbage bags and pick-up of the bagged plants.

 

What can you do? Learn to identify these invaders, and help control them by pulling them from the wooded areas around the parking lots & road leading to Mazo Beach.  If unfamiliar, just contact us and we will help you learn more about effectively identifying, pulling, bagging, and how to leave the areas without unknowingly taking seeds with you on your shoes and clothing.

 

ADDED INCENTIVE:

 

Yes, we do this for Mother Earth, but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little incentive.  So as an added bonus, this year all weed warriors participating will receive thank you gifts from The Naturist Society and chances to win 1) a one year Naturist Society membership or 2) a “World’s Best Nude Beaches and Resorts” guidebook, or 3) many other prizes.

 

“How?” you ask. Just be sure we have your name / address & email / phone, what date(s) you pulled, & how many bags you filled.  In addition to receiving a thank you gift, for each bag you fill your name will be put in a box for the drawings for a Naturist Society membership, a “World’s Best Nude Beaches and Resorts” guidebook giving you the top 1000 places to be nude in North America, the Caribbean & Europe, and other valuable prizes.  Want to increase your chances?  Just fill more bags.

 

The offers for prizes in the drawing will end July 12th.  Thank you gifts will be distributed throughout the season, and the prize winners will receive their prizes in July.  In addition, all participants will be invited to a thank you party this fall.

 

Please consider how you can help. This is a great opportunity to show your continued vigilance at being a proactive steward of Mother Earth. The small investment of your time can go far in helping safeguard against the spread of this invasive species and helping maintain a healthy diverse environment in our backyard woodland at the beach.  As volunteers, not only do we help rid the area of garlic mustard and restore and protect the biodiversity of our woods, but we build a sense of community (between ourselves, and also with the DNR) as we do so.

Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s pulling efforts, individually or collectively:

call or email FOMB (608-798-1954  /  friendsofmazobeach@yahoo.com)

 

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