Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed

Projects

OARS Water Chestnut Project

Project Organization: OARS  Project Town(s): Concord, Hudson, Maynard, Stow  Start Date: June 1, 2016

Project Summary:

OARS’ Rapid Response Team for 2016 was hired from June-August to hand pull water chestnut along the Assabet River everywhere that i was found (from Hudson to Concord). Volunteers also engaged in hand-pulling on several impoundment sections of the river in 2016. Water Chestnut Surveys of Managed Assabet River Sections… Read more

Habitat Types: River
Control Methods: Manual  Disposal Methods: Composting off site (away from river edge)

Town of Stow’s Japanese Stiltgrass Project

Project Organization: Stow Conservation Commission  Project Town(s): Stow  Start Date: August 12, 2015

Project Summary:

The Stow Conservation Commission has been actively monitoring and managing a patch of Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) an early detection species, located at Flagg Hill Conservation Land which was identified in 2014. The Conservation Commission had received reports of Japanese stiltgrass patches in other areas of Flagg Hill and at… Read more

Habitat Types: Mixed Forest
Control Methods: Manual, Mechanical  Disposal Methods: Bagging

Town of Stow’s Captain Sargent Conservation Area

Project Organization: Stow Conservation Commission  Project Town(s): Stow  Start Date: July 1, 2015

Project Summary:

This project is a portion of a CPA funded project to treat Japanese knotweed, glossy buckthorn, bittersweet, and Japanese barberry at Captain Sargent which was surveyed and mapped for invasives in 2014. Other properties mapped for invasives as a part of this project are Flagg Hill, Town Forest, Heath Hen… Read more

Habitat Types: Field/forest edge, Forest
Control Methods: Chemical, Mechanical  Disposal Methods: Incineration

Friends of ARNWR: Assabet Pulling Together

Project Organization: Assabet Pulling Together  Project Town(s): Maynard  Start Date: April 1, 2014

Project Summary:

From Spring to fall each year, volunteers come out each Saturday to work on manual control of invasives. Read more

Habitat Types: Abandoned lot/home site, Field/forest edge, Fields, Roadside edge, Upland/wetland edge
Control Methods: Manual  Disposal Methods: Brush Pile, Incineration, Bagging, Left on site

Lincoln Conservation Organizations’ Wall Lettuce Project

Project Organization: Lincoln Conservation Organizations  Project Town(s): Lincoln  Start Date: June 1, 2013

Project Summary:

This six acre wall lettuce infestation site has been worked on for four years via pulling. We discovered infestations of wall lettuce in a few locations throughout town and were alarmed at the size and location of this patch because it was along a right-of-way and was also penetrating into… Read more

Habitat Types: Hemlock forest, Right-of-way, Upland/wetland edge
Control Methods: Manual  Disposal Methods: Left on site

Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Desert Natural Area

Project Organization: Sudbury Valley Trustees  Project Town(s): Sudbury  Start Date: June 1, 2012

Project Summary:

SVT and the City of Marlborough have employed a variety of techniques to control all invasive plants throughout the 600-acre Desert Natural Area over the course of the last 5 years and going forward. Read more

Habitat Types: Field/forest edge, Floodplain forest, Herbaceous marsh, Oak/pine forest, Pitch pine forest, Right-of-way, Stream bank, Upland/wetland edge
Control Methods: Chemical, Manual, Mechanical  Disposal Methods: Left on site, buckthorn piles with roots off ground

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Project

Project Organization: FWS  Project Town(s): Sudbury  Start Date: May 1, 2012

Project Summary:

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Habitat Types: Field/forest edge, Wet meadow
Control Methods: Chemical, Manual  Disposal Methods: Incineration, Bagging

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Project

Project Organization: FWS  Project Town(s): Maynard  Start Date: April 15, 2012

Project Summary:

Pathfinder II herbicide treatment and manual pulling and cutting were used to control invasive species across the management area over the course of one year with planned follow-up monitoring. Read more

Habitat Types: Field/forest edge, Fields, Floodplain forest, Pitch pine forest, Shrub wetland, Upland/wetland edge
Control Methods: Chemical, Manual  Disposal Methods: Incineration, Bagging

Walden Woods Project’s Bear Garden Hill

Project Organization: The Walden Woods Project  Project Town(s): Concord  Start Date: May 1, 2012

Project Summary:

Manual control was done repeatedly on garlic mustard and glossy buckthorn populations. Mowing of the field was followed up by four total days of herbicide application by New England Wildflower. Read more

Habitat Types: Agricultural field, Field/forest edge
Control Methods: Chemical, Manual, Mechanical  Disposal Methods: Brush Pile, Incineration, Removal by New England Wildflower

Westford Conservation Trust’s Mile-a-Minute Project

Project Organization: Westford Conservation Trust  Project Town(s): Westford  Start Date: June 1, 2010

Project Summary:

The Mile-a-minute(MAM) plant is an early detection species and even though they are an annual they are prodigious seed producers and can rapidly take over acres of land by smothering existing vegetation. At first it is hard to believe that an annual vine which initially looks fragile and pretty with… Read more

Habitat Types: Field/forest edge, Fields, Roadside edge, Stream bank, Upland/wetland edge
Control Methods: Manual  Disposal Methods: Incineration, Bagging