Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 30, 2014

Church conquers invasive plants

CROSSVILLE — The Ascension Lutheran Church on Old Sparta Highway, with assistance from the Obed Watershed Community Association and the city of Crossville, recently completed a volunteer project to remove the invasive species that had taken over the adjoining property along a small stream that passes through their property. These plants, primarily bush honeysuckle and privet, had created thickets that shaded out all the other native plants that would normally grow there.

Dennis Gregg, from the Obed Watershed Community Association, assisted the church by marking the desirable native plants so that the volunteers would know which ones to cut and which ones to keep. Barbara Brown, from Ascension, organized two volunteer work days and many of the members of the church to attack the plants with loppers and chainsaws and then pile the cut plants so that the material could be removed. Over 130 volunteer hours were contributed to this project.

The city of Crossville’s stormwater program was contacted about assisting with disposal of the materials since improving the condition of the area around the stream will improve the health of the stream. This stream flows into a larger stream that goes directly into the Obed River.

Eric Brady enlisted Joe Miller of the Street Division of the Public Works Department to assist with the removal. Mr. Miller sent a crew in mid-April with a loader and it took nine truckloads to haul all the material away.

Brown summarized the project, “As Christians, we believe it is our duty to care for the earth that God has given us. When our church purchased this property, we were concerned about the condition of the stream and the trash and other materials that had accumulated there. Once we recognized that we could help create a better situation for the stream while removing nuisance plants, we contacted the owners of the neighboring properties and received permission to do so. It was a lot of work, but we’re happy to have had the opportunity to serve and we thank OWCA and the city for their help with this project.”

For more information on this project, contact Barbara Brown, 456-6615.

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