Harpeth Conservancy and volunteers spend a Saturday morning reforesting the banks of the Little Harpeth River.
NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 3, 2018)—On Saturday, Harpeth Conservancy planted 300 native trees in Edwin Warner Park in partnership with Friends of Warner Park, community members, and employees from Nissan. Thirty-three volunteers contributed sixty-six volunteer hours for this reforestation project.
This volunteer event was part of the Garden Club of America-Nashville’s initiative, Weed Wrangle©. Weed Wrangle© is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive plant species. Harpeth Conservancy and Friends of Warner Park partnered together this year in order to make a larger impact in the park. We were one of many groups across Tennessee to participate in this statewide event. Edwin Warner Park was one of a few project sites to combine invasive plant removing and native tree planting in one day in order to eradicate invasive plant species along the banks of a waterway. Friends of Warner Parks recruited a group of volunteers to remove invasive plant species in the morning. Following the removal, Harpeth Conservancy and volunteers planted native trees in the same area. Trees were chosen based on Warner Parks Restoration Management Plan and flood and drought tolerance level. The project area is located along the banks of the Little Harpeth River near Shelter 6 in the park. The area is prone to flooding, and the new seedlings will help stabilize the riverbank from erosion, reforest the riparian buffer, and reduce flooding and pollution. Overall, these trees are important in preserving the floodplain along our rivers, creating habitat and food for native wildlife, and protecting the overall health of the river’s ecosystem. This project was funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.