Garlic Mustard Removal Season in Acton's Conservation Areas
Spring 2013: We need your help - please sign up for one or more of the picking sessions listed to the right.
Goal: To minimize the impact of invasive plants on the wild areas of Acton, Massachusetts
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Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant that is moving in to Acton conservation lands. Together, we can get it out of there.
Garlic Mustard shoots up in thickets from basal rosettes in a two-year cycle in both grasslands and woods, and crowds out the native spring ephemerals that are otherwise a lovely and diverse part of the wild understory. It even damages the fungal communities that trees depend on; and it threatens some butterfly populations that are looking to lay eggs on native mustard plants and find the non-sustaining garlic mustard plants instead. We humans introduced it to this area as a salad plant late in the 19th century, but it has escaped our gardens since then, and is growing wild and thick.
The good news is that it is easy to identify, and it can be hand-picked to extirpation in five years of Spring (and sometimes Fall) picking sessions. Picking the second-year plants is a simple hand-pulling operation. We need your help - many hands make the task doable. On most weekend days we will have picking sessions. You can sign up to start at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 3:00 PM.
We'll provide bags, you provide water, snacks, sunblock, gloves & clothes that cover your arms & legs. Some sites have some Poison Ivy - we'll provide TecNu soap, but let us know ahead of time if that's of concern, and we can steer you away from the worst sites.Here's a great handout or poster about Garlic Mustard.
Here's our target sites (updated May 3, 2013)
Acton Arboretum.Multiple invasions, all of them picked in previous years, some more completely than others. Meet at the end of Wood Lane.
May: Saturday 4, Saturday 11, Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25.
June: Saturday 1, Sunday 2, Saturday 8, Sunday 9
Nashoba Brook at Wheeler Lane
This area is complete for 2013
There is one large sprawling invasion at the end of Wheeler Lane. This includes areas under pine trees, in the open, and in the woods. Meet in the parking area near the end of Wheeler Lane, which is off of Rte 27 in North Acton.
This area is complete for 2013A sprawling invasion next to the access road, and along a right-of-way that crosses the access road. Meet at the base of the Camp Acton road (off Pope Road near the Carlisle line).
Plans are subject to change, so please be sure to put your contact information in the sign-up sheet to the right, or contact Jim Snyder-Grant at 978 266-9409 (home) or, on work days, you can call 508 572-2985 (cell). You can also contact us at email@example.com
There are other smaller invasions on conservation lands, or sites that need special care in scheduling. All these other sites are listed below. If you'd like to work at one of these sites, sign up and suggest a time, and we'll work something out.
Nashoba Brook at Milldam and at Davis Road
There's an invasion along the access from Milldam, which has some potentially tricky abutter issues
A small invasion at Guggins in the inner meadow that has developed some satellite invasions.
This invasion is right near the entrance - it is beginning to creep down the path toward the main part of the conservation land
This large invasion is on both sides of the trail between the Grassy Pond entrance and the inner meadow on the way to the Hybid Farm entrance.
Will's Hole / Town Forest
There is one small dense invasion on the Captain Handley access trail, and a more scattered invasion along the paved portion of the yellow trail.
This invasion is in two clumps, near Main Street, south and north of the parking area. This area has been picked by Senior Service Day volunteers, but some additional work is needed on an abutting property.
This area is complete for 2013
This small invasion is mostly in between the sidewalk and the paddock fence.