Kudzu begone: Volunteers remove invasive plants on McDowell Street at St. Dunstans Road

Volunteers from UNCA spent part of their Saturday morning, Aug. 13, clearing invasive plant species from on the corner of St. Dunstans Road and McDowell Street, in a Quality Forward project — Asheville Greenworks. This spot will be reclaimed, cleaned and planted with native plant species.

Video by AshevilleGreenWorks.

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As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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3 thoughts on “Kudzu begone: Volunteers remove invasive plants on McDowell Street at St. Dunstans Road

  1. Jared28806

    Thank you to AGW for your hard work! Ever think about using goats to help control the kudzu? I wonder what plants they are going to put in its place. Is it something that will keep the kudzu from coming back?

  2. bill smith

    I agree with Jordan. What could possibly compete with Kudzu? Short of napalm, little will repel the stuff (although i agree that maintenance with grazing animals makes more sense than alleged eradication)

  3. ashevillain7

    While the work they did was impressive and appreciated it is but a small dent in the amount of kudzu that has taken over that area. Godspeed to all kudzu fighters out there.

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