Reduce the coverage of invasive plants
Removing invasive plants gives our native species the space they need to grow and adapt to the changing climate. Many invasive species, both plant and animal, can gain the upper hand with warming temperatures. While we cannot remove invasive plants from all properties, SVT prioritizes our natural areas that host rare species, provide critical wildlife habitat, and are more diverse for intensive invasive-species control efforts.
Remove tree hazards
Because intense storms take down more trees, SVT staff have become proactive in removing hazard trees before they fall. At the same time, we plant native trees to make up for the tree loss, and we select species that are most likely to survive in the changing climate.
Healthy forests should be diverse, have multiple layers, and contain a variety of tree species. SVT is taking a more active role in forest management. On lands that feature a tree stand of only one species, we will remove that stand and replace it with a diversity of native trees and shrubs. SVT also may selectively cut trees or groups of trees to enhance forest structure and diversity.