Invasive Plant Removal

by Brian Haggerty-Perrault

Performed with Ingeborg Hegemann
In the area of Muskrat Marsh
Purple Loosestrife: An invasive swamp plant from Asia with a blueish purple flower similar to that of a lupin.
Multiflora Rose: An invasive rose bush
As a group and under the instruction of Ingeborg we proceeded to remove plant that were invasive and harmfull to the marsh echosystem. Among the plant that we removed were purple losestrife and Multiflora Rose. Proceeded with shovels and loppers to remove the two species and apon removal of the plants we bagged them so they could be inventoried by the state.
While at the marsh the marsh we found several things worth noting, the one that was having the most effect on the area was galareucella beatle, native to Asia it was purposly introduced to eat the Purple Loosestrife. And while we were removing the invasives we discovered a baby painted turtle among the reeds and grasses. Also a group of us saw a red fox and later on our lunch brake found the mostly consumed body of a rabit that was likely eaten by the fox.On the following visit to the marsh we inventoried the height of remaining Purple Losestrife so their growth could be track. After doing the invetory we laid down a mix of native marsh plant in the area that we had clear earlier.
This all ties in to the greater purpose of what we are doing to protect the Alewife reservation by ensureing the ecosystem of the alewife for the future. If we allow invasive plants like the Purple Loosestrife to take hold it would a masive laps in judgement that could perminantly alter and harm the reservation. However we find it to be our responsability as stuards of the land to ensure that this dosent happen to the resservation.
This entire project taught us several knew skills and gave us more knowledge about the area in which we work, allowing us to do our jobs better and understand the purpose of our work. Through the experience of removing the invasives we learn the proper way to remove harmful and unwanted plants using shovels to dig up the entire rootball to ensure that the plant will not grow back or spred seeds, and to then place them in garbage bags and remove them from the area.