Pull a little buckthorn...learn about habitat restoration

SVT is hosting a buckthorn pull and educational walk on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our Memorial Forest Reservation in Sudbury.

Help us manage buckthorn at this beautiful and ecologically significant property! We will be manually pulling this invasive species from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., working to ensure it does not take over and crowd out native plants. Glossy buckthorn was introduced to North America as an ornamental plant, but its aggressive growth has created problems in many areas. Buckthorn produces its leaves earlier in the spring and retains them later into the fall than many native plants. This casts a dense shade that can prevent tree seedlings from establishing. Over time, buckthorn can completely eliminate native plant diversity in the understory.

After the buckthorn pull, SVT staff will lead a 45-minute walkinig tour of the reservation. Memorial Forest is part of the Desert Natural Area, a biologically rich area that SVT and our partners have been working to restore over the past two decades. The restoration effort has focused on revitalizing pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, a globally rare habitat that provides home for declining species such as the whip-poor-will.

Please wear long pants and bring water, sunscreen, and work gloves (if you have them).

Please register through the New England Stewardship Network so we'll know how many people are coming.

Contact Paige Dolci at SVT: pdolci@svtweb.org
978-443-5588 x137