The Central Indiana Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and preserve the land Hoosiers hold dear. One of the ways it does this is by stewarding the land. The Land Trust works with volunteers to rid properties of invasive species. The Land Trust is asking Indiana residents to do three things.
1. Don't buy invasive species.
2. If you have them, remove them from your property.
3. Volunteer with the Land Trust to rid them from their preserves. The next opportunity is May 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fred and Dorothy Meyer Nature Preserve in Morgan County.
Five commonly sold plants that invade natural areas in central Indiana include: Purple Wintercreeper, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry, Privet and Calery Pear Trees (including the Bradford Pear). All of these have invaded central Indiana nature preserves. Asian Bush Honeysuckle and Garlic Mustard are two of the most aggressive invasive species in the region, but are not sold by retailers.
There are many groups working on this problem, including the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS), which includes a comprehensive list of all the unwanted invasive plants in the state. For more information, visit www.inpaws.org/.
For more information about the Central Indiana Land Trust, www.conservingindiana.org .
College football fans will flock to Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday for the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital closed its doors.
Snow that moved through Central Indiana this week has wrapped up, leaving some areas with more than 10 inches of snow.