The Coalition volunteers have worked several sites in the Mary H. Wright Greenway in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The most visible kudzu infestation which we had not tackled is along the approximate midpoint of Hudson L. Barksdale Blvd. (between E. Hampton Ave. and Marion Ave.) Because it is a relatively high traffic location, we scheduled a public demonstration of the recently modified attachment for the skid loader that mounts six adjustable fork tines across seven feet of width. Photographs show the site before the public demonstration work began, the Coalition's first work at the location. October 2007.
Coalition volunteer Paul David Blakeley answered questions from the local press for an hour and a half, and showed what the skid loader could do. The wide fork with six tines designed by Paul is visible in the second photograph. November 2007.
A pile of kudzu vines more than six feet high proves that the new attachment truly is a Weapon of Mass Destruction. November 2007.
The next morning, Paul Davidís work is clearly visible in the left photograph. Or should we say that some of the kudzu is no longer visible? During the demonstration, removal of kudzu revealed several washed-out holes and ditches. So much for thinking that kudzu prevents erosion! David Lankfordís crew from the City of Spartanburg responded quickly, filled the holes, and finished the improvement. This is seen in the right photograph, a different view of the same ground area shown in the left photograph prior to cleanup. November 2007.