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WEED OUT AT THE URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER | SAFE STREETS HEALTHY KIDS

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Wisconsin has been invaded. It’s taking over in areas all over the state - and it might even be in your own backyard. One of the ways you can help stop it - make it into a pesto.

The invader is a plant called garlic mustard, an edible green brought over from European settlers. Since it doesn’t have it’s natural predators here in the states, garlic mustard thrives and chokes out the native species that would normally grow. As a result, the animals in the area don’t have as much of their regular food sources.

As part of Global Youth Service Day, Kim Forbeck, the senior land steward at the Riverside Urban Ecology center recently taught some international high school exchange students how to properly get rid of the plants and help stop it from spreading.

The Urban Ecology Center teamed up with AFS Milwaukee, a group that helps coordinate high school exchange trips for students coming from all over the world.

Throughout the afternoon, students and UEC volunteers cleared garlic mustard from Riverside park, and helped stop the disruption of our ecosystem.