Why Does Acton Have Conservation Land?
- Preserve Species and Habitats
- Preserve Natural Beauty
- Protect Water Supplies
Invasive Plants threaten all of these!
What are Invasive Plants?
Where Do Invasive Plants Come From ?
- Few or no enemies
- Spread quickly in native plant systems
- Become dominant or disruptive.
- Cause economic and environmental harm
- Brought in from other continents.
- Introduced on purpose for farming or landscaping.
- Introduced by accident from bilge water or tropical fish tanks.
- Transported too fast for natural enemies and competitors.
Why do people buy and plant invasives?
- Early and fast growth
- Grow in a wide variety of habitats
- Spread quickly
The same factors that make these plants popular, also makes them invasive!
What Invasives are on Acton Public Lands?
(have pictures & text about plants & text about locations here)
What can be done about Invasive Plants?
- Pick them
- Smother them
- Biological controls
Which methods work with which plants in which situations?
- How large the invasion
- Volunteer time and energy vs. Money for professionals
- Habitat - Example: wetlands requires special care
- Goals for site
(include chart on treatment approaches)
Who is Working on Invasive Plant Issues in Acton?
How can I help?
- Many homeowners and landscapers working individually
- New efforts on conservation land, via Acton Land Stewardship Committee
- Just starting on education and planning
- First large action will be Norway Maple removal in the Acton Arboretum
- Educate yourself - Stop Planting Invasives
- help with planning or work teams - sign up below!
For more information please contact:
Acton Land Stewardship Committee
jimsg 'at' newview 'dot' org