Archive | Invasive Plants

Invasive Plant Species Management

by Michael DeRosa Invasive plants tend to be fast growing species found throughout abandoned landscapes, roadsides, along stream banks, and neglected gardens. These plants are effective in occupying areas otherwise controlled by our native species. As the range of non-native, invasive species expands they displace our native species and can have a profound effect on insect […]

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Making Good Use of Volunteer Resources for Invasive Plant Control

How conservation non-profits can recruit and retain volunteers for exotic invasive plant control projects by Bruce Wenning Many non-profit conservation organizations struggle with well-intentioned ideas and plans about how to rid their lands of exotic invasive plants. Some have enlisted interested staff with a few dedicated, but sporadic volunteers to help with the removal of […]

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Tackling Invasives with a Tool Loan Program

by Melissa Brogle Invasive plants can have a detrimental impact on habitats and watersheds, including the Great Bay watershed in New Hampshire. However, to make their invasive control/removal efforts more effective and a little easier, groups working to combat invasive plants on the seacoast can borrow some tough “weed wrenching” tools. (more…)

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From Invasive Lot to Native Garden

by David Smith This article first appeared in EcoRI News and is reprinted here with permission. Work will continue this summer on stabilizing a 2.6-acre undeveloped parcel owned by the Avalonia Land Conservancy in the heart of the Borough of Stonington. The now-barren land will be filled with plants and shrubs. The parcel at the end […]

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Tree of Heaven: An Exotic Invasive Plant Fact Sheet

by Bruce Wenning Common Name: Tree-of-heaven Plant Taxonomy: Family Simaroubaceae  Genus Ailanthus  Species: altissima (P.Miller) Swingle (Synonym: A. glandulosa) (Magee and Ahles, 2007). Regulations: The importation, distribution, trade, and sale of tree-of-heaven have been banned in Massachusetts effective January 1, 2009 (Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List website, 2012). General Description Brief history. Tree-of-heaven is a fast growing, […]

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Tree-of-Heaven Is No Angel

This article first appeared in EcoRI News, May 4, 2014. by ecoRI News staff A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is […]

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Biological Control of Invasive Pests – An Overview

by Maria Bartlett Richard Casagrande, Professor of Entomology at the University of Rhode Island lectured on August 2, 2012 at Massachusetts Horticulture Society on “Biological Control of Invasives.” He covered the efforts underway by scientists in the Northeast to use biological methods to control invasive plants and insects so that chemical pesticides and herbicides do […]

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Outsmart Invasives

by Julia Sullivan Anyone with a smartphone can help control invasive species in Massachusetts at the touch of a finger. Learn how by joining the Outsmart Invasive Species Project, a collaborative project among individuals from UMass, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nature Conservancy. The Project focuses on using […]

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Successfully Managing Phragmites

by Tim Simmons Non-native Phragmites has been described as perhaps the most widely distributed and abundant grass on earth. For more than 25 years I have observed Phragmites’ effects on important habitats and attempted to control it without causing any harm to the habitats I work in, all of which support species and communities of […]

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