The “space” around Noonday Creek Trail is home to an alien entity: Kudzu!

Kudzu is a non-native or “alien” plant introduced to the United States during the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. From the 1930s through the 1950s, it was recommended for planting by the Soil Conservation Service to help control soil erosion and was used frequently throughout the South.

Growing at a rate of one foot per day, Kudzu continues to overwhelm native plants and grasses today, leading to a loss of natural habitat and overall biodiversity. That’s why trail maintenance is so important!

Artist: Aara Ahn
Walton High School