The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Join us on the 1st Saturday of each month to restore habitats and remove invasive plants at Hermann Park's natural area, Bayou Parkland. Native plant species are quickly being overrun by plants that have been introduced into the local environment as a result of human activity. An invasive plant has the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside its natural range. Due to their aggressive growth patterns and a lack of natural enemies here, they spread rapidly into native plant communities. This reduces habitat diversity, food and shelter for many wildlife species, and the ability of the natural environment to perform a wide variety of important ecological functions. In an effort to combat this trend, Hermann Park Conservancy is seeking the help of concerned volunteers to remove invasive plants. This project is good for groups. Please contact Diane Kerr, Director of Volunteer Programs for further information.