Good News at Gowing's Swamp

Black-Eyed Susans at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Baptisia  at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Baptisia at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Milkweed and Goldenrod at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Milkweed and Goldenrod at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Small Meadow Flowers at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.
Small Meadow Flowers at Gowing's Swamp. Photo by SVT Staff.

At Gowing's Swamp in Concord, SVT and our conservation partners have been working to rejuvenate a valued habitat. The Gowing’s Swamp natural area supports a unique bog and other wetlands that are surrounded by a walking trail through pleasant oak-pine woodlands. Over time, invasive plants here have squeezed out the native plants that our native birds, bees, and butterflies rely upon for survival.

A few years ago, we set out to reverse this trend so native plants can thrive and provide food and habitat for our native pollinators and birds.

As of August 2018, the wildlfowers are back! What was once a field of invasive Japanese knotwood is now an expanse of black-eyed susans dotted with white vervain, pretty yellow partridge pea, and other native and non-invasive plants. We’ve also seen a resurgence of common milkweed, wild indigo, goldenrod, and dewberry.

We are thrilled with this progess, but of course our work is not done—the battle against invasive plants never truly ends. We will continue to fight the invasives and protect the health of this special ecological area. Read more about the Gowing's Swamp project.