Invasive species removal

Invasive species are one of the toughest challenges for people trying to preserve natural places. They are destructive to the environment, cost lots of money, and are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Often the best solution is simply manual removal. This is also a wonderful way to get outdoors on a cold Saturday morning. When I found out about the Shirley Heinze Land Trust and their volunteer work days, I knew the adventure club would be game. Six of us carpooled to Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. We were so excited that we showed up a full hour early (or maybe it had something to do with the confusing time change). Luckily the event organizers were already there and got us up to speed. They had spent the previous weeks hacking down forty large piles of bush honeysuckle and several other invasive plants. Our job was to collect these piles and chuck them into a blazing inferno. Things warmed up pretty fast and we finished the job over an hour faster than we had planned. After scarfing down some food, complements of the preserve, we headed home.
Several club member, especially David and his family, spent the rest of the weekend on various adventures including downhill and cross-country skiing, and kayak pool practice.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Categories: Adventure, Clean-up, Day trip, Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Snow, Winter | Leave a comment

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