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Next Meeting: Monday, August 7, 2017; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room.
Meetings are open to the public. Please join us!
Because of the Labor Day holiday in September, we have moved our September meeting to Tuesday evening, September 5.
“The Town’s Forest Preserves serve five main purposes. They significantly affect air quality and temperatures; they provide habitat for plants and wildlife in an area of diminishing natural habitat; they help to prevent erosion and degradation of the quality of the headwaters of three significant waterways; they provide places for passive recreation such as walking and birding; and they act as natural buffers from encroaching development.” This statement is from the 2009 Master Plan. Both East and West Woods are sensitive and vulnerable to degradation. The Woods Committee is purposed with protecting the East and West Woods and ensuring that their benefits will be available for the future generations.

In early August, Invasive Plant Control will begin the second phase for the removal of non-native invasive plants in the East Woods. Please see the Mayor’s comments in this Bulletin for details. Volunteers have been working to cut and pull non-native plants, especially mile-a-minute, to minimize the work IPC will have to do. This is part of the Woods Committee’s five year plan to address the health of the forests of Washington Grove.

Invasive Plant Control Returns
Invasive Plant Control (IPC) will be back working in the East Woods beginning on August 7 Wednesday August 9. The non-native invasive plant material being targeted is Stilt Grass and Mile-a-Minute. The East Woods will be closed on August 7 as the trail work will be the focus on that day. If this date changes, I will notify the Town via Grove Alert. As was done previously, for the additional days, signs will be posted in the work areas where IPC is working.

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