Invasive Species: A Marathon in Restoration
Tackling invasive species in our region
Different Kinds of GrowthIt is that time of year when the world has transformed back to green, and we finally get to enjoy the splendor of a landscape in full bloom. This growth is fully welcome after months of cold and extended darkness. However, there are undesirable guests that join as part of the package of Spring- invasive species.
An invasive species is a species that is not found in a specific area naturally, but has been brought here (either intentionally or unintentionally) from another place by various routes. Here in Pennsylvania, we often struggle with Japanese Knotweed, Reed Canary Grass, Tree of Heaven, Privet, Wild Rose, and many more. These species completely take over and outcompete other high value vegetation.
October 2018: Riparian Buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area in the Montour Run Watershed.
Our Commitment to RestorationThe AWA and Allegheny County Conservation District have prioritized planting riparian buffers across Allegheny County to improve air and water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding and stormwater, increase habitat for fish and wildlife, and engage residents in a hands-on educational experience.
June 2018: Japanese Knotweed cut down in preparation for riparian buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area.
The Bright Side of Managing Invasive SpeciesTo properly restore riparian areas, we have to incorporate invasives management into each site. Although this is a time consuming (and ongoing) piece of environmental restoration, it is also another opportunity to come together as volunteers and reap all the benefits of volunteerism. Invasives management includes getting outside, exercising, learning about the environment, and building relationships with others in the community.
We will be embarking on our second invasives management event on June 3rd in North Fayette at Hollow Oak Land Trust’s Forestbrooke Conservation Area. This past October, we planted over 400 native trees and shrubs at the Conservation Area and along the Montour Trail with many project partners and volunteers. We will revisit this site and cut down invasives until the buffer is established and able to shade out the competition.
Will You Join the Fun?Knotweed Therapy with Hollow Oak Land Trust and the Montour Run Watershed
Monday, June 3
5:30 - 7:30
Meet at the bottom on Oak Moss Drive in North Fayette off of Cliff Mine Road
Closed-toe shoes are a must. Boots are even better.
We will have tools, but extra hedge clippers are appreciated.