This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Carrboro is celebrating with an extraction event at Anderson Community Park on Saturday.
Steven Feuerstein, a local ecosystem restoration project leader, said the event will focus on extracting two different types of invasive species: Chinese privet and tree of heaven.
The awareness week is organized by the North American Invasive Species Management Association, Elizabeth Brown, NAISMA director of government relations and professional development, said.
“National Invasive Species Awareness Week is a nationwide event focused on raising awareness of the threat that invades species pose and what can be done to prevent their spread,” she said.
Brown said the key issue of the week is biodiversity, along with climate change, infrastructure maintenance, food and water security, aquatic invasive species and protecting forest health.
Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can cause harm to human health if not removed, she said.
Local governments can access free resource toolkits to celebrate methods of awareness.
Brown said NAISMA has a proclamation that many towns and governments, including Asheville, have issued to adopt NISAW.