ACE North Carolina has completed a 16 week project at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. The park is located in Alabama, in Tallapoosa county, near Alexander city.
The park is run by the National Park Service and was marked as a national military park because it was the site of the Creek War on March 27, 1814. (For more information on the park and it’s history: https://www.nps.gov/hobe/learn/historyculture/index.htm )
The main objective of this project was to control exotic vegetation in a 450 acre area within the backcountry area of the park and to survey invasive species infestations along the Tallapoosa River within the park boundary. To monitor these areas along the river the crews took the Tallapoosa by canoe and marked the areas with GPS coordinates.
A second crew went back into those areas with herbicide to treat the marked locations. The removal of exotic species will improve the natural resources by eliminating competition from invasive species and helping native species thrive.
The crew was focusing on two main species, privet (Ligustrum spp.), cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) as well as tree of heaven, mimosa tree, chinaberry, Japanese honeysuckle and kudzu. The ACE crew was lead by Nicole Macnamee, Chelesi White and Murphy Danko throughout various stages of the project.