News Release

Partners Work Together to Educate Public on Treating Non-native Invasive Species

June 20, 2016

Huntsville, AL — A partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (FS), Land Trust of North Alabama (LandTrustNAL), the Alabama Forestry Commission and the City of Huntsville will help inform the public on how to safely rid their property of non-native invasive species.  It is estimated that 50,000 nonnative invasive animal and plant species have been introduced in the United States resulting in more than $100 billion in economic losses annually.  

Signs detailing a demonstration project that shows different methods for eradicating non-native invasive species are set-up along a popular hiking trail on LandTrustNAL property. Along the trail, four treatment methods were applied to remove honeysuckle and privet, two widely spread and easily identifiable non-native invasive species.  

Callie Schweitzer
Callie Schweitzer,
Research Forester

"The goal of the project is to help educate the public on the need for active conservation on their land in regard to non-native invasive species," said Callie Schweitzer, research forester, FS Southern Research Station. "Ryan Sisk, Matt Zirbel and I worked on this project with the Land Trust, the Forestry Commission and the City and are thrilled that members of the public can view and learn from our work."

"Partnerships are critical to the Land Trust's mission of land preservation and stewardship," stated Land Trust Executive Director Marie Bostick.  "This project is especially important because it gives people a visual example of the impacts various control methods have on invasive species."

To view the project:
Take Pratt Avenue to Bankhead Parkway, past Toll Gate Road.  Land Trust's Bankhead Trailhead and hiker parking lot (2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE) is ½ mile further on right.  Take Toll Gate Trail southeast, then turn left (east) onto Old Railroad Bed Trail. The demonstration plots and signs are on the right side of Old Railroad Bed Trail just past Wagon Trail Intersection.

Or use the Monte Sano Nature Preserve pull off access across from Fagan Springs Apartments, 2515 Toll Gate Rd SE # C. Once on the trail turn left (east) onto Old Railroad Bed Trail. The demonstration plots and signs are on the right side of Old Railroad Bed Trail just past Wagon Trail Intersection.

Local Contact:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Cathie M. Mayne, Marketing Director
256.534.LAND (5263