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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Mayor John Hamilton

Adopt-an-Acre is an all-volunteer program that gives the public an opportunity to actively address invasive plant issues. Griffy Lake Nature Preserve has thriving populations of bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, winter creeper, privet, and multiflora rose, all which are outcompeting native plants.

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Objectives for the Adopt-an-Acre program are:

  • to ensure the success of native plants
  • educate the general public about invasive plants and the harm they cause our ecosystem
  • to unite those interested in responsible land management practices through maintenance of natural spaces and public education
  • to promote land stewardship, physical fitness, and community

Volunteers who choose to adopt-an-acre receive training and instruction on proper identification and removal techniques. All necessary tools and equipment are provided. The only prerequisite to adopt-an-acre is to have a genuine concern for the well-being of our natural resources.

Garden clubs, scout troops, youth groups, individuals, special interest clubs, church organizations, families, neighborhood associations, students, school organizations, and private industries are encouraged to get involved. Adopt-an-Acre volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to:

  • attend an Adopt-an-Acre orientation and on-site training
  • proactively monitor and remove impeding plants within adopted area monthly
  • submit monthly reports
  • attend quarterly training on plant identification and eradication methods

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will:

  • orient individuals and/or groups to the Adopt-an-Acre program
  • provide basic invasive plant identification and eradication training
  • provide tools and arrange for the use of maintenance equipment

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