Mary Morrison of the SC Forest Service asked the Coalition for help removing kudzu from around the historic home of an early South Carolina governor at Rose Hill State Park.

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Gist Mansion, Photo Courtesy of Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site

Ranger Mary Morrison is second from the left in this photograph. Park staff plan to compare the effectiveness of Coalition methods with herbicide treatments. October 2006.

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The Coalition returned to Rose Hill with students from Spartanburg High School, who beat the bush for kudzu (first photograph). In the second photograph Coalition volunteer Dianne Fergusson shows off her catch of the day. May 2007.

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First Photograph: Ranger Charles Barreras and two students wait for a kudzu fire to get started for hot dogs and marshmallows. Second Photograph: Hot dogs roasting on kudzu embers! Yes, that is a leaf rake. May 2007.

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Teachers Robin Parsons (standing third from left) and Steve Eargly (standing second from right) pose with their students and Ranger Barreras (standing far right).

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The very next day, Chapman High School students arrived to continue the effort. Would you ever guess from this photograph that they are a hard working bunch? Check out the kudzu vine debris at the feet of the guys in the second photograph. May 2007.

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Man does not live on hot dogs and marshmallows alone — but it helps! May 2007.

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It's cooler under the trees — and that's where the food is! May 2007.

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But, enough is enough, and it's time to go home . . . May 2007.

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