September 8: Invasive Plant Removal

Come and join MEVO as we spend our day removing invasive plant species at Bear Mountain State Park. This event is in commemoration of all the people who have lost their lives on September 11th. We will be removing such invasives like Barberry Bushes and Garlic Mustard. If you’ve volunteered with us before, you’d be well aware that invasive plant species have been a huge problem in New Jersey. Invasive species such as the Garlic Mustard plant, which is native to only Europe, prevent native species from growing, causing a detrimental effect on the surrounding environment. Therefore, we need your help to make Bear Mountain State Park free of invasives to restore balance to the ecosystem! Volunteers should wear long sleeves and pants since the barberry bushes, especially, has extremely sharp thorns. Also it would be much appreciated if you can bring your own loppers and gardening scissors to clear out the invasive species. Volunteers will meet at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation at 9 AM and we should be completed with the work between 2 PM and 3 PM. Make sure you bring clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty as well as lunch and lots of water. Since this is a tribute to 9/11, we need to show our patriotism by wearing red, white and green! We hope to see you all there! For questions, you can email Alex at or call 917-456-2826. To RSVP for this event simply send an email to with your name, age, phone number and the subject line of “Invasive Plant Species Removal at Bear Mountain State Park.” You can also RSVP on Facebook.