Volunteers Needed to Remove Invasive Plants and Litter

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021
Volunteers, including Katy Porter (pictured), have been removing invasive plants along Riverwalk. The town needs more volunteers to help with the removal of invasive plants and litter.

If you would like to spend time outside improving the town’s public spaces, consider contacting the town to volunteer.

Public Space and Sustainability Manager Stephanie Trueblood is building a list of those interested in helping to remove invasive plants or litter from public spaces, including town property and rights of ways. 

“These volunteer opportunities are a great way to build community through the care and stewardship of our shared spaces,” Trueblood said. “I’m so impressed with the amount of work that’s been completed by volunteers. Honestly, we couldn’t do it without them.”

Invasive plant removal

Several invasive plant species have taken hold in our area. As you stroll the Riverwalk greenway, you may have noticed an abundance of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) and Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) growing along the banks of the Eno River. Small teams of volunteers have started removing these plants. Others have volunteered to remove invasive English ivy from town property. There is much more to do.

Litter removal

In the spring, Trueblood sent out a call for help removing litter from streets in and around town. Dozens answered that call, and Public Works picked up more than 1,500 pounds of trash bagged by volunteers. Help picking up trash along our rights of way is an ongoing need.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Projects

Last January, several people contacted Trueblood seeking service projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The community service was a wonderful gift and the town would benefit from service projects again this year, but please don’t wait until Jan. 17 to make plans because town offices will be closed that day in observance of the holiday.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, email Trueblood at