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The protection of the Gowing’s Swamp environs began in 1971, when SVT was given 7 acres on the east side of the bog. In 1979, 17 acres were protected as part of the Edmonds Road condominium development. And in 2012, the Concord Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) raised funds to purchase another seven acres to the west. SVT also partnered with the Playscape at Ripley to create an engaging gateway to this natural area.
In 2015, the Playscape, CLCT and SVT developed a plan to improve the interpretive and viewing elements of the Playscape, and to combat the invasive plants. We began implementing the invasive control plan in 2016, when we cleared plants from the highly invaded areas and applied a targeted herbicide treatment.
SVT and our volunteers also experimented with the use of “buckthorn baggies” to cut and cover glossy buckthorn as a way to kill the shrubs; unfortunately, that technique was less than 50% effective.
The Concord Natural Resources Commission supports this project. We use environmentally safe techniques that have been used in many biodiversity protection projects across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Funding was provided by Concord Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and the Town of Concord, CLCT, the Suasco CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area), and individual SVT members and Concord residents.