Volunteers spend hours removing invasive species from beach

Volunteers spend hours removing invasive species from beach

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- A group of volunteers were at Elberta Beach on Saturday morning, working to remove invasive species.

The event was called Invasive Species Work Day and was held by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.

Volunteers worked through the morning to remove several acres of baby’s breath from the Benzie County Beach.

Volunteers said that the work is hard, considering some of the roots to the bushes are 12 feet deep, but removing the invasive plant from the beach is worth it.

“You can kind of see this line down the beach,” said Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network organizer, Emily Cook. “When you look to the north, you see that the beach is clear and wonderful and free of this baby’s breath. Then you look to the south and you see this huge swath of the plant going that way. So, you can really see that there has been acres of work accomplished, which is wonderful.”

The next and last Invasive Species Work Day is on August 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Elberta Beach.

Volunteers should wear work clothes and bring their own shovel.

To RSVP call (231) 929-7911.

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