Two field workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 20. The workshops will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and encourage native plant ecosystems.
9:30 – 11:30AM ~ HVRHS – Warren Turnpike Rd, near the tennis courts
Hosted by: Arboretum and Landscape Committee
Professional managers will be present to describe processes used to recapture this site. Specific invasive plants will be identified and various means of removal and treatment will be demonstrated for each species. Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station restoration plans to support pollinators and wildlife will be shown, and will include their recommended native plants lists.
1:00 – 3:00PM ~ Mary Moore Preserve – 24 Williams Rd, Sharon
Hosted by: Sharon Land Trust
The area includes active pasture, meadows, and forests in transition. In addition to several land professionals, Sharon Land Trust’s forest ecologist, Harry White, will be present to interpret succession in that landscape. Invasive management is in early stages and has included “cut and treat” of massive Oriental bittersweet vines that had threatened the hundred foot tall, Connecticut Champion Chinkapin Oak. Mechanical and chemical methods to control Japanese barberry, and other invasive shrubs, will be described. The upper meadow of the Moore Preserve also boasts extensive views into the distant Catskills and Berkshires.
Workshops are free and open to the public.
What to wear: Hiking boots, long pants and long sleeves
Bring: gloves if you wish to participate in removal demonstration
No pets, please
Registration is recommended to allow notification if weather requires rescheduling. Click HERE to register.