What is a Strike Team?
A strike team is a team of individuals who participate in "on the ground" efforts to combat invasive species. The HIP Strike Team is a group led by experienced volunteers and/or SWCD staff volunteers who provide technical support and labor to remove invasive species at partner sites. These are typically public use sites such as parks, schools, land trusts, nature reserves, etc. The team also may work on other sites when deemed appropriate. We will host several events during a calendar year.
How is the Strike Team different from a Weed Wrangle?
The Strike Team differs from Weed Wrangle efforts. Though similar in format to Weed Wrangles, Strike Team events typically involve a more rigorous hands on approach to invasive control. While both types of events demonstrate the benefits of consistent management over time, Weed Wrangles focus primarily on engaging the public and promoting awareness. For most Weed Wrangles, anyone can participate, including children, and training is often hands-on. Participants may have little or no plant ID experience.
Strike team workdays are more focused on targeted management. Think action versus education as a primary focus. Strike Team members don't necessarily need to have experience or expertise managing invasives. Strike team members will have on the ground training from the more experienced members of HIP, and will be directed to other training resources as needed.
Sign up for the HIP Strike Team Mailing List here or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Strike Team events will be listed on the HIP Events page with the strike team logo.
The Strike Team is an action oriented group of trained volunteers who want to have a big impact through physically managing invasive in the county.