Forest restoration Saturday at Connally Nature Park

Trees Atlanta, Keep East Point Beautiful and the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers are teaming up to host a beautification day at Connally Nature Park. Volunteers are sought to help work together to clear trash and debris out of the forest and remove invasive plant species growing along the stream banks.

The event takes place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24 at Connally Nature Park, 2035 Mulberry Ct. in East Point.

Getting rid of invasive species is a big part of the equation, but to truly reclaim the natural urban forest, residents must continue with efforts to restore native plants. Hundreds of acres of green space are protected inside I-285, but there has been very little progress in actually bringing back healthy native plants to these areas, according to Trees Atlanta.