Habitat Restoration and Invasive Plant Removal

What are invasive plants and why do we care?

An invasive plant is a plant species found outside its native range that threatens the survival or reproduction of native plants and animals, reducing biological diversity and causing significant damage to ecosystems, communities, habitats, and native species. Fayetteville parks contain many invasive plant species, including two that are prolific in our parks: Japanese and Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) and Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense).

What can you do to help?

Participate in our events! The City of Fayetteville and collaborating organizations host work days to remove targeted areas and rely heavily on volunteers for this work, which ranges from removal of plants with loppers and shovels, to replanting once invasives are gone.

Participating in a few of these events often gives volunteers the confidence and knowledge to take the skills learned back home so that they may remove these plants from their own back yards.

Events Calendar and Notifications

Sign up for text or email notifications about upcoming stewardship volunteer opportunities here. Select “Volunteer Opportunities” then follow the prompts. You can also check out the Volunteer Calendar to learn more about these events.

Invasive Plants and Native Alternatives

Check out this link for more information on the Invasive Plants Ordinance and a list of Invasive Plants and Native Alternatives.