Natchez Trace Parkway to Tackle Non-Native Kudzu Vine
Contact: Dr. Lisa McInnis, 662-680-4055
The National Park Service announces that contractors will be working to eradicate kudzu along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Clinton to Natchez MS. Visitors can expect to see workers spraying herbicide alongside the Parkway from milepost 0-90 during late September-early October.
Kudzu is an aggressive non-native vine that can completely overtake natural areas. The vine is native to Japan and China, and was introduced to the US in the late 1800's for erosion control. However, the lack of natural predators allows kudzu to grow unchecked, which in turn threatens native habitat. The Parkway treats approximately 50 acres of kudzu per year, and continues to reduce the total amount of kudzu on NPS land.
The Natchez Trace Parkway upholds the mission of National Park Service to conserve natural resources in such a manner as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.