For the first time, ISN hosted several fall workbees to target woody invasives. Focusing our efforts in Leelanau and Manistee Counties, we teamed up with our partners the Leelanau Conservancy and Michigan Audubon, primarily removing buckthorn, autumn olive, and Japanese barberry.
Clay Cliffs Natural Area served as a beautiful backdrop in Leelanau County. ISN and volunteers successfully treated 7 acres of young buckthorn and autumn olive. The following week we traveled to Manistee and the Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, where unfortunately, the weather was not as cooperative.
Making room for natives! New England Aster brightens the landscape at Clay Cliffs. Photo: Emily Cook
Still, we had a fun afternoon and 10 acres were surveyed for Japanese barberry. Many small plants were removed and larger sites were identified for future removal.
In all, 14 volunteers put in more than 40 hours of time removing invasive species! The work getting done created a foundation for future projects and opened target areas up to the reestablishment of native species.
We will be back in the field this spring for our annual garlic mustard workbees – stay tuned for those dates!
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