1. Become a Takoma Tree Saver – volunteer to cut invasive vines in Takoma Park. Events are every Saturday. Sign-up here. Students can earn SSL hours. 
  2. Become a neighborhood Takoma Tree Steward by adopting your neighborhood, or a portion of it, and helping your neighbors address invasive vines on their property. Send an email to vines@chesapeakeclimate.org. If you live outside of Takoma Park, start your own group in your neighborhood to remove English ivy and other invasive vines from around your community.
  3. Ask us for assistance. If you live in Takoma Park and you know you have threatened trees on your property and would like help addressing the issue, send an email to vines@chesapeakeclimate.org
  4. Get trained and volunteer as a Montgomery Parks Weed Warrior to save trees and threatened natural areas. 
  5. Volunteer with environmental groups, such as Friends of Sligo Creek, that fight vines in your area. 
  6. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about how to identify and remove invasive plants in their backyards. Use our flyer to inform your community. Broad community awareness is needed for successful eradication of invasive plants. Click here for a flyer that you can share with others.
  7. Plant natives! Learn about appropriate plants for your yard or garden that can replace any invasives you have removed. 
  8. Advocate! Changes can be made at the policy level for more resources to fight invasive plants. Dealing with invasive vines needs to be utilized as a part of the solution to climate change. Invasive vines are a serious threat to our tree canopy and carbon storage capabilities. We can work towards legislative action to control and protect our trees from invasive vines. There are many approaches: creating Weed Boards that have resources to conduct removal projects; enforcing weed code violations; and planting native species as a replacement to invasive plants. Additionally, garden stores still sell invasive plants. Learn more about plants that are banned in Maryland.