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Parks and Recreation

Posted on: April 9, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Help Us Rid Local Natural Areas of Garlic Mustard Plants

Join the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department in April as we embark upon an ambitious effort to remove aggressive garlic mustard plants from local natural areas.

The National Park Service Web page on the plant ( lists garlic mustard as an invasive species that is dangerous to both native plants and animals. Garlic mustard dominates such resources as light, moisture, nutrients, as well as space, crowding out native vegetation upon which some wildlife depends.

Removal of the garlic mustard will make room for native wildflowers to grow. The activities will be held:

• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20.
• From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.

Afterward on Saturday, watch the talented cooks of Northwoods Dutch Oven Cooking Group create amazing dishes employing this invasive weed, which also is an herb.

Advanced registration is required; please call 847-531-7055.

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