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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Buying Bee-Friendly Plants: Neonicotinoid-Free Nurseries, Growers, and Seed Sources

by Genevieve Schmidt Recently I’ve heard from a number of wildlife gardeners who say they are no longer buying plants from regular retail nurseries because there is no way of telling whether or not the pollinator-attracting plants they are purchasing have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, etc) are a class of pesticide which […]

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Reawakening a Natural Pool

by Trevor Smith Natural pools offer year-round outdoor enjoyment with surprisingly little upkeep. After its third, and very tough, winter, I recently opened a large natural pool and its associated constructed wetland for one of my clients. Here is a glimpse at the process. (more…)

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Bus Stop Green Roofs Win Greenovate Boston Award

Green roofs installed on several Boston bus shelters received a Greenovate Boston Award at the Greenovate Boston Community Summit held at Northeastern University on June 6, 2015. Funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant, the project partnered Fairmount/Indigo Line Community Development Corporation Collaborative and Trevor Smith’s Land Escapes Design Inc. Trevor is the current president […]

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