An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working with Lauritzen Gardens through April 26.
The team is helping revitalize the garden in their first service project since completing their NCCC training on March 8.
The NCCC team of 11 from the Vinton, Iowa campus has two major goals to complete during their six weeks.
One is to remove invasive species within undeveloped parts of the property. The second goal is to replant many areas of Lauritzen Gardens that have been disturbed by the construction and re-grading
activities associated with the City of Omaha's recent CSO! sewer separation project.
Secondarily, the group will control potential erosion problems where slopes have been exposed due to the removal of invasive plants.
This is first time that Lauritzen Gardens has had the man power to seriously combat the presence of harmful invasive species, such as: Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila), Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), brome grass (Bromus inermis), yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officianalis), and crown vetch (Securigera varia).
Removing these invasive species will help to improve the health, appearance and sustainability of the garden, allowing it to remain a significant educational, cultural and recreational resource for the community.