Deer Hunting on AVIS Lands
Please join us on April 27th for the dedication of the first section of the Andover Greenway. Over the past two years volunteers have been working long hours and using heavy labor to improve both the Vale Reservation and the Shawsheen River Reservation. Four major groups contributed over 1000 hours and have accomplished great things in order to make this section of the river truly a site to behold.
Walter Kittredge's walk/talk on invasive species (by Mike Timko)
Walter led a walk and talk on Saturday, October 13. There were 21 attendees, about as many as could be easily accommodated for parking and managing on the trail. As usual, Walter's enthusiasm and love for the woods was evident and you could see the pent up frustration with the implications of the presence of the invasive species he was discussing. He really loves the fact that we try to do something about it.
Trustees got right into the spirit of the discussion and began thinking about what to do with all of this information. There was quite a bit of interest in the crowd and I think an invasives workday at that site might be productive.
One of the things that Walter said could help control invasive species, was a controlled burn the understory. There are a number of plants native to that area of Taft Reservation which require occasional fires in order to reproduce. A controlled burn would help reduce the invasive species and allow the native vegitation to regenerate. For instance, pitch pine requires fire for the seeds in the dropped cones to germinate. There are no new pitch pines present at all.
We should explore the possibility of a controlled burn on some of our reservations. We would obviously need permission from the town and the cooperation of the fire department. Walter would provide a contact who studies controlled burning as a means of forest management.
Lawrence Eagle Tribune Article- September 3, 2012
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