Natchez Trace Parkway works to control privet

The Natchez Trace Parkway is fighting the non-native plant called privet.

Posted: May 17, 2019 3:37 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Natchez Trace Parkway is fighting a non-native plant called privet.

“Once privet is fully established, little else can grow, and it reduces habitat quality for animals that depend on a diversity of plants for food or cover,” Natural Resource Specialist Deanna Boensch said.

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Parkway visitors can expect to see evidence of contractors cutting, spraying and chipping privet along the roads and trails from Tupelo northward toward Nashville.

The parkway will also use prescribed fires to control the plant.

The parkway is expected to treat approximately 200 acres of privet this year.

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