Weed Warriors

Weed Warriors:  a component of the larger Presque Isle Invasive Vegetation Control Project, this program invites people of all walks of life to help preserve species diversity on Presque Isle State Park through hands-on removal of invasive plants. Weed warrior volunteer efforts augment heavy removal work done by DCNR Maintenance staff; DCNR scientific and technical interns; experts from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Penn State University College of Ag Sciences. Weed Warrior volunteers will focus on hand work in areas that can’t be accessed by heavy equipment or where native and non-native plants are intermingled.

This is a perfect opportunity for: College students seeking experience in resource conservation or park management; high school students’ senior projects or community service hours; church or school groups seeking an opportunity to volunteer for a good cause; and concerned citizens.

Become a Lead Steward: Lead stewards coordinate and monitor volunteer groups on Presque Isle State Park while assisting in removal activities. The position of Lead Steward offers supplementary training and/or field trip opportunities. Interested applicants for these positions should indicate relevant experience that makes them a suitable candidate when contacting the Weed Warrior project coordinator.

Check out our Weed Warriors facebook page for photos and more information.

This project is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. Project partners include the Regional Science Consortium, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Matt Pluta mjp5147@psu.edu 814-217-9017 or 814-881-2165