2024 Garlic Mustard Challenge – PIBTPD vs City of Green @ Cooper’s Woods

Event details

  • Saturday | May 4, 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • Meet at Cooper’s Woods Parking Lot to get your trash bag and directions to start

Garlic Mustard Challenge 2024
The City of Green near Akron, Ohio, the Portage Park District and Stark Parks have issued the Put-in-Bay Township Park District and Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, a challenge as to which community can pull the most garlic mustard in a day! We have accepted the challenge but need your help and lots of volunteers. Here on South Bass there will be two sites this year-Cooper’s Woods Preserve and Michael Pucak from the South Bass Island State Park will hold a second pull there.

There is such a big problem with the garlic mustard out-competing the native wildflowers in Cooper’s Woods we need help! The best way to get rid of it is to hand pull it before it goes to seed. It pulls easily just after a spring rain!

Michael Marefka of EnviroScience will be here Saturday May 4 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the Cooper’s Woods parking lot to arm us with strong garbage bags. Come for whatever time you are available.

Volunteers will head into the woods after an educational session on what garlic mustard looks like and how to pull it.  We will fill our bags, take them back to the parking lot for weighing before dumping into a dumpster for removal so that seeds are removed from the site. Weight will be calculated as total pounds pulled and pounds per volunteer hour.  The grand prize for winning this friendly competition is
bragging rights and a sense of accomplishment.

Bring garden gloves to wear if you can. Some folks have had a rare allergic reaction to the strong garlic scented oils in the plant. We will have some garden gloves for those who need them still.  We will also have cold drinking water in a large cooler container-please bring your own water bottle for a refill! 

And remember you can take some garlic mustard home to eat-great in chip dip, pasta, salads, etc. Just do not take it home to plant!!!

There will be a prize for each person pulling at least two bags of garlic mustard and a grand prizes for those pulling the most that day. Register by emailing leiconservancy@gmail.com or by texting Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087. Walk ins welcome but registering will help us in planning for prizes.

This Challenge and Earth Week Challenge will help us to restore the native plants and animal community of the Cooper’s Woods Preserve and others.