Next Meeting: Monday, July 2, 2018; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. All are welcome to attend. Meetings are on the 1st Monday of each month. The Woods Committee meeting for August is scheduled for the 6th.
Last May through August 2017, an initial treatment of non-native invasive plant species was conducted in the East Woods by our contractor, Invasive Plant Control (IPC). Main targets were wisteria and other destructive climbing vines as well as large invasive shrubs such as bush honeysuckle, lower level invasive plants such as mile-a-minute, and invasive grass species such as stilt grass that are threatening and degrading our native woods ecosystem.
The Woods Committee has assessed the work of IPC during the 2017 season. There has been significant control of wisteria, English ivy, bush honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry. Some species, such as mile-a-minute and stilt grass require multiple treatments to see obvious improvements. Native ground covers such as jack in the pulpit, trout lilies, and spring ephemerals are already returning.
IPC will begin this year’s work on July 2 and July 3, and return the week of July 9. They will target new growth of wisteria, remaining English ivy vines, and mile-a-minute. They may have to use a targeted backpack sprayer to treat the trails again for stilt grass. Signs will be posted at the trail entrances to the East Woods and IPC will post signs as they work through specific areas. If they need to treat the trails, the East Woods may be closed for a day. A harmless blue indicator dye may be seen on the surface of the treated invasive plants. Subsequent ‘brown out’ may be noticeable as those invasive plants are controlled. Please contact the Woods Committee co-chairs (Joan Mahaffey and Pat Klein) if you have any questions.