It’s time once again for the Garlic Mustard Pull-a-Thon at Devil’s Lake State Park! And let’s just say, the park could really use your help on this. There are areas within the park that will never look the same again, if we don’t get the blankets of invasive garlic mustard out of the woods and along the trails! There are two challenges which you can participate in. The longer challenge runs from now May 31 and the single team challenge on May 31st. And YES, there are prizes for the winners! Click here to download the brochure for details.
Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant brought to america by our great, great grandparents for medical reasons AND because it’s kinda tasty! Then of course like so many other invasive plants, it spread.
Garlic Mustard was first reported on Long Island, New York in 1868.
Since then it has spread coast to coast and through Canada as well!
The threat of this and other invasives can’t be underestimated. In the picture below you can see how the Garlic Mustard invaded one forest at Devil’s Lake State Park. The native forest plants & flowers are gone. Sucks doesn’t it!? This is happening all over Devil’s Lake State Park and if allowed to continue, it will change the park forever. Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Hepatica and every other wildflower you can think of, gone. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators gone. Birds & other wildlife will soon decline as well. While garlic mustard isn’t the whole problem, it’s one that we can actively do something about.
“The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community
to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.”
– Aldo Leopold
So here’s my dream. I’d like to see local organizations who care about our Baraboo Hills & Devil’s Lake State Park put together their teams to challenge a team from the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. How about a park staff & families team? (I mean, the friends and park staff should defend their honor after all!!) A garlic mustard death match if you will….Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 1pm.. one day, goodbye! This is my shout out to everyone at the park and to all of our local environmental and non-profit groups who carry the banners of preservation, conservation and ethics, climbing groups who use the bluffs, cycling clubs, canoe clubs, birders, business orgs, hunters, snowmobile clubs, hiking groups and everyone else who has a voice in the stewardship of the Baraboo hills. Set the example. I mean, isn’t this what it’s all about?
For more information or to take part contact:
Devil’s Lake State Park Naturalist, Sue Johansen
Devil’s Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone: (608)356-8301 ext. 140
***Obligatory Disclaimer: This website is NOT associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent the views of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, it’s staff or that one woodchuck who lives by the south shore boat landing…. (Which is sometimes too bad if you ask me!).