On October 23, 2010, the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC), Northwood Conservation Commission and the Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park hosted a workshop and workday on invasive plants species eradication and control.
The event was kicked off by Dr. Tom Lee, UNH Associate Professor of Forest Ecology who gave a fascinating presentation on why and how invasive plants are so troublesome. Twenty volunteers ranging in age from 7 to 70, then removed invasive Barberry and Burning Bush from the Town Hall, along with several large Honeysuckle shrubs from the parking area and entrance to the State park.
Bryan Comeau, Forester with NH Division of Forests and Lands, led the eradication efforts, donning his protective gear and hoisting his chainsaw. Kyle Lombard (NH Division of Forests and Lands) and Prescott Towle, both licensed pesticide applicators, applied chemical treatment to stumps, and Jeff McLeod of the Northwood Crank Pullers Snowmobile Club performed mechanical cutting.
This event begins a long-term invasive species control program. The ultimate goal of the program is to make the 4,000 acres of unfragmented habitat within the NALMC neighborhood into an invasive free zone.