Park service seeks volunteers for killing dandelions

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Denali National Park and Preserve is again seeking volunteers to help remove dandelions from the park.

Dandelions are considered a nonnative invasive plant species. Last year, volunteers removed more that 400 pounds of dandelions from the shoulders and ditches of 30 miles of the park road.

Dandelion seeds enter the park on the wheels of vehicles. They do not threaten the survival of native plants. The park service tries to slow their spread each June when the plants are blooming but not yet gone to seed.

The park service said volunteers are needed June 16 through June 20. Removal teams typically work six to eight hours a day, regardless of weather.

The park service provides tools, transportation to the work site and free camping. Volunteers must provide their own camping equipment and food.

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