Monroe Lake will host a volunteer work day on Sunday, Oct. 7, to remove an invasive shrub called autumn olive.

The work day runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Cutright State Recreation Area, located on the south end of the State Road 446 causeway.

“Autumn olive displaces native species and is unwelcome in our natural areas,” said Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist for Monroe Lake. “We appreciate any volunteers who can come out and help us tackle this invasion.”

Registration is requested (particularly if you are bringing a group) by Oct. 5 at (812) 837-9967 or However, last-minute volunteers are more than welcome to show up on the work day.

Volunteers should bring work gloves and water. Hand tools that can cut branches up to 1 ½ inches in diameter will also be useful. Snacks will be provided.

Monroe Lake is at 4850 S. S.R. 446, Bloomington, 47401.

Logo courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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