Monday, February 18, 2008

Wildlife Refuge Restoration Begins in Earnest

A misty morning at Rogers Wildlife Refuge in Princeton. This observation deck looks out on a great diversity of native plant and birdlife . The relatively dry ground the deck stands on, however, is dominated by invasive shrubs like multiflora rose, honeysuckle and privet.

This past Sunday, we cut these exotic shrubs at the base with loppers, covering about a half acre of territory in a couple hours. The marsh has few enough of these exotic shrubs that there's a chance we can cut them all down before spring, making more room for native species and greatly reducing the seed source these exotic fringe areas represent.

Thanks to Owen and Kathy for their help!

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