- Organization: Sudbury Weed Education and Eradication Team
- Causes: Educational, Environmental
- Date(s): July 15, 2012 10-2
- Contact person: Rebecca
- Phone: (978)505-1301
- Email: email@example.com
We are asking for help from residents and students as we go to war against the invasive species choking the trees and smothering the native plants. But it may be that you do not want to do that but are interested in learning how to remove Oriental Bittersweet and other harmful invasive species.We are willing to show you how we do that and let you try our specialty tools. How long you stay and what you do is up to you, but this is what our work is about.
We need volunteers all during the year. We are a very small group with a two pronged mission; to make people aware of invasive plants and to demonstrate their removals at a few locations. Why not step across the bridge? Invasive plants know no borders. We feel that the King Phillip property is definately worth the effort. It is situated on Rt 27 and WaterRow Road and just west of Sudbury Valley Trustees Wolbach Farm site. There are native plants such as Trillium, dolls eyes and there are big lillies in the pond. The native tree diversity and health has been threatened by huge Oriental Bittersweet, Exotic Shrub-like Honeysuckles growing up to 15 feet, Buckthorn trees and shrubs from Europe which fill the space growing trees require and Multiflora Rose. There are spaces with nothing remaining after we remove the thickets with the species which is from Japan and Korea and may grow up to 30 feet high.
King Phillip is historically significant with foundations from the pre-revolutionary King Phillips War, There is a pond with singing frogs, a bog with tons of dragonflies, upland woods, wetlands and vernal pools.
This year, we will be clearing invasive plants to the west in the upland woods area on the "Old Berlin Road" trail. Volunteers will use weed wrenches, cutters and loppers, will bag roots and fruiting stems and brushpile the woods remaining.
We are going to need help for 2013 to build a trail map box, replant some native species and volunteers will cut invasive plants too large for manual removals for NEWFS applicators, We have alot going on. We need the hands to do the projects!
Both Wayland High School and Lincoln Sudbury High School students can get community service credit for working with our group and we need you!
What to wear: long pants and appropriate footwear are musts. Although we are on the trail and it is relatively clear there is poison ivy and nettle plants in this area.
What to bring: Lunch, water thermos. Bug spray and sun screen- ticks are out! This is a shaded area so it is a few degrees cooler in the woods. Bring a camera- breathtaking views and also scary plants you can photograph to share with others.
Contact the group at SWEETinvasives@gmail.com to confirm all work dates or if you have questions or call (978)505-1301
If coming from Route 27, travel west across the bridge and turn into the parking lot. Look for the brown wooden park sign. The trail is at the back of the lot. We will meet in the parking area and go down the trail to the work site together so being on time is important.