Adventures in IPANE

Jim volunteers for The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England.

What is the  IPANE: mission?
"The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England’s (IPANE) mission is to create a comprehensive web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England that will be continually updated by a network of professionals and trained volunteers. The database will facilitate education and research that will lead to a greater understanding of invasive plant ecology and support informed conservation management. An important focus of the project is the early detection of, and rapid response to, new invasions."
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2003: Took training and looked for some invasives but never completed a form. Oops.

2004: Took the training again. Took a hands-on followup training. Finally it all started sinking in...

I was assigned the Shirley, MA Quad and 6 areas within it. Here is where I record where & when I went, including links to my photo evidence.

Holden Road Conservation Area

Bounded by Holden Rd, Center Rd & Whitney Rd, near Shirley Center. Spruce Swamp brook and some unnamed tributaries flow through here. (Spruce Swamp itself is just outside the conservation area, on the far side of Center Rd). There's some lovely hemlock and pine stands, and a large open meadow, in addition to all the wetlands.

I filled out 5 observation forms:

1. Submission 2076.  Near a  fire access road bisecting a wetlands. 42 degrees 33.998' North, 71 degrees 39.662' East.

Found: Frangula alnus (Glossy Buckthorn)
Photos: Overview of areaCloseup of Frangula alnus

2. Submission 1880. Just uphill of a wetlands, near a trail intersection. 42 degrees 34.138 North, 71 degrees 39.482' West

Found: c, Rosa Multiflora, and (possibly) Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup)
Photos: Glossy BuckthornGeneral view including Buckthorn & Barberry. Dried sample of Ranculus repens (maybe)

3. Submission 2077. Southeast corner of 4+ acre meadow near Center Rd.

Found: Rhamnus catartica (common Buckthorn), Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry), and Rosa Multiflora
Photos: General photo showing all three invasives. Closeup of common Buckthorn. Another closeup of common Buckthorn

4. Submission 2162. Just a few yards away from submission 1880. The plot is bisected by a trail and a parallel stone fence

Found: Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry), Rosa Multiflora, and a mystery plant that I took a photo of.
Photos: The mystery plant. The mystery plant, again.

5. Submission 2163. A shrub wetland separated from an open beaver pond   by a raised trail (maybe an old road?).

Found: Frangula alnus (Glossy Buckthorn)
Photos: Edge of invasion area Closeup of glossy buckthorn

Squannacook River Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

North of Squannacook Road in the northern corner of Shirley. A largely invasives-free area (my two 'hits' were quite near the entrance.) Extensive tall forest, mostly pine. The main path is somewhat degraded by what appears to be ATV misuse.

I filled out 2 observation forms.

1. Submission  2094. A white pine forest near the entrance, and near a stream. The burning bush invasion goes beyond the plot area, and extends to the far side of the stream.

Found: Euonymous alatus (burning bush)
Photos: Burning bush, and burning bush again.

2. Submission 2095. Just 30 yards away from the first site. A huge bittersweet invasion & many smaller invasions.

Found: Celastrus orbiculatus (Bittersweet), Lonicera spp. (some species of Honeysuckle), Euonymous alatus (burning bush), Frangula alnus (glossy Buckthorn), Berberis thunbergii (japanese Barberry), Rhamnus cathartica (common Buckthorn).
Photos: some Honeysuckle, common Buckthorn with some bittersweet, glossy Buckthorn with some bittersweet, a big tangle of bittersweet

Walker Road Conservation Area

The west side of Walker road, with a small unmarked entrance just south of Walker Brook. This is next to Shirley water District Land, which I also explored (and found no invasives in). A  small and unremarkable piece of second-growth forest, near residences and businesses. The Shirley water district land goes in to a pine forest and then to a quarry area.

I filled out 3 observation forms:

1. Submission 2164. A piney area right near the brook, away from the trail.

Found: Rhamnus cathartica (common Buckthorn), Frangula alnus aka Rhamnus frangula (glossy Buckthorn)
Photos: common Buckthorn, common Buckthorn (closer), and glossy Buckthorn.

2. Submission 2165. About 100 yards in from the trail head.

Found: Frangula alnus aka Rhamnus frangula (glossy Buckthorn), Rosa multiflora.
Photos: glossy Buckthorn

3. Submission 2166. Even closer to the trailhead than site 2, and about 30 yards from a private lawn.

Frangula alnus aka Rhamnus frangula (glossy Buckthorn), Lonicera spp. (some species of Honeysuckle)
Photos: glossy Buckthorn, some Honeysuckle