by Gerry Hawkes
In September of 2014, the eight-acre, abandoned West Field on Oyster River Forest was cleared of invasive shrubs by uprooting and shredding. This was a superior alternative to herbicides because it eliminated the risk of watershed and aquifer contamination; left no standing dead shrubs; smoothed and prepared planting sites in the process of shredding, which greatly speeded site restoration since the old field was transformed and ready for replanting of desirable shrubs in a week; and was cost competitive.
The compact size of the Forest Savers tractors makes it easy to transport them quickly and inexpensively between sites. The ability to efficiently carry out multiple tasks, such as grubbing out entire shrubs and small trees – roots and all, shredding the woody tops and root wads into mulch that blends into the ground, preparing sites for planting, smoothing roads and trails, mowing grass, and piling rocks and logs, with just one compact machine makes the work go faster with better results, for less cost.
About the Author
Gerry Hawkes owns Forest Savers LLC, a company dedicated to providing innovative and effective services for controlling heavy infestations of woody invasive plants and unwanted brush without the use of herbicides. While large acreages can be efficiently treated, this service is particularly well suited for home owners who have invasive brush and tick habitat around their yards and in the wooded areas between homes. There are videos and a lot more photos on the Forest Savers website.