The dominance of invasive plant species on the South Mountain landscape presents a challenge to land managers and landowners who want to restore native natural plant communities. Here are some potential research projects:
• Inventory the presence and monitor for the spread of high-priority invasive plant species such as swallowwort, Japanese angelica tree, Amur Corktree, poison-hemlock, common reed (Phragmites) and wavyleaf basketgrass on nature preserves such as the Mount Holly Preserve or state lands like the Michaux State Forest, Kings Gap, Caledonia, and Mont Alto State Parks. The information can be used to create Early Detection and Rapid Response plans for these areas
• Develop effective outreach materials for landowners on South Mountain and develop a program to enlist landowner aid in reducing the spread of high-priority species.
This project is eligible for grants through South Mountain Partnership or other sources.
Contact DCNR botanist Kelly Sitch ([email protected]).