Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed

Friends of ARNWR: Assabet Pulling Together

Name: Dave Lange  Organization: Assabet Pulling Together  Phone:

Site location:
Along winterberry way to the wetlands on Taylor Way in ARNWR

Property overview:

ARNWR has a large wetland complex, small wetlands and vernal pools,and large forested areas. It also has 15 miles of trails. The land has a history of Native American settlement, agriculture, and was an army base.

Management site description:

Assabet Pulling together works to manage invasive populations across the refuge, but for the purpose of this case study, we have chosen to focus on the roadside area along Winterberry Way extending down Taylor way to the wetland area, as this has been the focus of efforts in the past year.

Acres in the management area: 7.2  Listed on EDDMaps?No

Habitat type: Abandoned lot/home site, Field/forest edge, Fields, Roadside edge, Upland/wetland edge

Was this Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR)? No

Target species:
Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)   Black Swallowwort (Cynanchum louiseae syn: Cynanchum nigrum)   Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)   Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens L.)   Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)   Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus)   Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)   Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)   Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)   Narrow-leaf Bittercress (Cardamine impatiens)   Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)   Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius Maxim.)  

Management objectives:

Monitoring for EDRR, removing invasives (goals vary from eradication to control based on species and level of infestation), education of neighbors, and identification of areas recommended for chemical treatment.

Approximate project 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.

Control method: Manual

Disposal method: Brush Pile, Incineration, Bagging, Left on site

Detailed project timeline:

Invasives were mechanically controlled by volunteers each Saturday from March-early December. About 1200 hours were donated by volunteers in 2016.

Early March-early May: Winged euonymus
Late March-early May: Japanese Barberry
Late April: Celandine majus, Garlic Mustard
Early May-early July: Wild parsnips
Mid May- Early July: Narrowleaf bittercress
Mid May and Mid Sept: Japanese Honeysuckle
Late May: Star-of-Bethleham
Late May-late July: Black Swallowwort
Mid July: Porcelain berry
Late July-Mid October: Oriental Bittersweet
Late July-early Sept: Japanese hops
Late July-early Oct: Purple loosestrife
Mid-Sept: Spotted knapweed
Mid-Sept: Boston Ivy
Late October: Autumn Olive
Entire season: Glossy Buckthorn, Japanese knotweed, Japanese Stiltgrass, locust species, Multiflora Rose

Restoration summary:

In a small area along the road, volunteers planted natives with a focus on pollinator plants.

Funding sources: Friends of the Assabet contribute funds for tools and supplies

Final acres in management: 7.2

Open to the public: Yes