Saving Our Native Plant Site
In partnership with the National Park Service, FODMers have been working in the summer of 2020 to control invasive plants in the .065-acre native plant area. Volunteers have hauled out bags of plants like mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata), Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), English ivy (Hedera helix) and porcelain berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata).
Invasive plants can outcompete natives and compromise the habitat, so it is important to try to keep them under control. Many native insects and other wildlife depend on the plants with which they co-evolved.
In 2018, FODMers and project partners planted around 4,000 native plants and in 2019 another 400. Examples: riverbank wild rye (Elymus riparius), New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) and deer tongue (Dichanthelium clandestinum (syn. Panicum clandestinum)). Most of those plants are thriving.
Photos by Glenda Booth