Happy May Day! Looking at the window and at the weather forecast, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the return of greenery and warmer temperatures. Spring is really here to stay, and summer’s not too far away. And we have 5,582 more reasons for you to celebrate this May Day, and each one of them is a pound of garlic mustard that’s been removed from natural areas this spring. That’s right, that’s our total pounds pulled at the end of week three:
Huron Arbor is maintaining their lead for now, bringing their total up to 3,320 pounds at the end of Week 3. However, West Michigan is on the board with 220 pounds. With plants starting to bolt, West Michigan could catch up fast.
Upset in the Middle Weight Division! Mid-Michigan has pulled into the lead, bringing their total up to 1,037 pounds. Headwaters Cluster drops into second, with reports totaling 240 pounds. Southwest Corner also jumps onto the board this week with 90 pounds, thanks to reports from Dept. of Natural Resources and private property owners.
Grand-Raisin is still the King of the Hill (or garlic mustard mound) with 195 pounds. However, the new Lake St. Clair Cluster (CISMA) is up to 150 pounds. Lakeplain holds steady at 30 pounds for now. Western Lake Erie, Southeast Hub, and Lakes Country Cluster are still waiting to get on the board.
If you’re working in the Northern Lower Peninsula or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to protect natural areas from invasive garlic mustard, check out our CWMA Division and report your pounds! Reporting groups include the Northeast Michigan CWMA, Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network, and RRIP-IT-UP (Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the Upper Peninsula).
Out of Cluster:
The Garlic Mustard Challenge isn’t limited to our Clusters. If you live outside of one of our collaborative conservation communities, you can still report your pounds to the Challenge! Many thanks to the University of Illinois – Dixon Springs Ag Center for reporting their pounds this week. The Out of Cluster total now stands at 300 pounds!
Emerging Minnesota Cluster:
We’ve been in ongoing conversations with folks in Northeast Minnesota about forming a Cluster in their neck of the Northwoods. If you’re working on controlling garlic mustard in that area, please report your pounds to our Emerging Minnesota Cluster reporting group!
If you have a couple free hours this weekend and you’re looking for a way to get outside and get involved, check out our searchable events calendar to find a garlic mustard pull near you!
Photo by Jeff Evans