In partnership with Hands on Greenville, MRED students helped clear kudzu along the banks of the Reedy River in Greenville, SC in fall 2011. MRED students, along with Dr. Robert Benedict, Jeff Randolph, and Amy Matthews were able to clear a large section of kudzu along the Reedy River near Greenville's dog park. Through community service projects like the Reedy River Kudzu Clean-up, MRED students learn the importance and value of working to better local communities.
According to Clemson's Cooperative Extension Service, "Kudzu is one of the most difficult weeds to control in the Southeastern United States. The species was introduced to this country from southeast Asia as early as 1876 (Shurtleff and Aoyagi, 1977). It was initially established as an ornamental, but was used later for erosion control and supplemental cattle grazing. Because of its rapid growth and ability to capture sites at the exclusion of nearly all other plants including trees, it is now widely recognized as a noxious weed. Kudzu has infested an estimated two million acres of land in the South and considerable research has been devoted to developing economical control measures."
Photographs from the 2011 Kudzu Clean-up