Invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity, second only to direct habitat destruction.
This SVT paper provides information on their general approach to invasive plant management and some specific details of the situation with invasive plants overrunning half the Smith property in Littleton and the potential approach to managing the invasive plants there. SVT has proposed indefinitely delaying the use of any chemicals at the Smith property until they can further investigate the claims and concerns of neighbors and residents.
From LCT Trustee and invasive species guru Rick Findlay:
Many thanks to all who have been helping our effort to control Garlic Mustard on conservation lands and throughout town. Plants are now setting seed and should be bagged after pulling. I have some blue bags specifically for this purpose that can eventually be dropped off at the transfer station. Anyone needing some can contact me.
I noticed something important with my work this year. I started early and thought that I had successfully cleared several areas only to discover, three weeks later, that there was a new crop up. They were small plants but setting seed, so it is important to go back and recheck areas that you have done.
Garlic Mustard is flourishing right now. Pull or weed whack it before it is fully flowered! It is easier as you won’t need to bag it and let it rot in the bags or dispose of it carefully.
Littleton Conservation Trust Trustee Rick Findlay is recruiting a volunteer work group to control the spread of invasive plant species.
Our current top priority is stopping the spread of Garlic Mustard, one of the most destructive invasive plant species in the state. Introduced from Europe, garlic mustard is self-fertile and is very difficult to eradicate once it is established in an area. It spreads rapidly and, unfortunately, displaces native or other desired plants in a relatively short period of time. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds which spread by wildlife, humans, water, or other means. Most Garlic Mustard infestations can be removed by simply pulling the shallow rooted plant out of the ground and placing it in trash bags for disposal.
We invite volunteers of all ages to participate in this project. Our ultimate goal is to map infested areas and get volunteers to adopt specific roads or areas. It will be a multi-year effort until existing seed is no longer viable.
Please help us to establish invasive plant awareness throughout the Town. Tell your friends and neighbors about this project!
With your HELP, we can defeat this menace.
For more information on Garlic Mustard, check out these Youtube videos: