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wwlogofinalThe Weed Warriors program strives to keep forests healthy by removing invasive species throughout the city. Many volunteer group events have been held over past years, and now the program is expanding under the enthusiastic direction of Stephanie Helms.

Weed Warriors certification is a new 3 class series that allows citizens to become authorized to perform invasive plant removal on city park property. Adopt-an-Acre is currently being tested in Gwynns Falls Leakin park, allowing citizens to care for a forested acre with light-to-moderate invasive plant presence. Finally, the invasive plant council is the beginning of bringing together all organizations that perform invasive plant removal throughout the city, in order to coordinate efforts and share expertise and resources.

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The first Weed Warriors certification class was heavily attended, with 33 citizens participating. 101: Invasive Plant Species 102: Removal Methods 201: Leading Group Events

Stephanie Helms prepares tools for the Goucher College volunteer day. 100 new college freshmen helped clear invasive vines off trees in Druid Hill park. Stephanie selected a site behind the recently remodeled athletic fields, next to an open area with potential to become a milkweed meadow.

Stephanie Helms prepares tools for the Goucher College volunteer day. 100 new college freshmen helped clear invasive vines off trees in Druid Hill park. Stephanie selected a site behind the recently remodeled athletic fields, next to an open area with potential to become a milkweed meadow.