Maybe call this: addendum.
Today, I’ve temporarily taken over a supervisory role monitoring landscape restoration efforts in Pelham Bay, Bronx. Today validated a few things for me – which I hope is quite clear from the snap taken.
Now, I realise Pelham Bay is a far, far, far away URBAN place, practically the antithesis of the Catskills with its fly tips, homeless people, firing ranges, golf courses, high rises, and infamous leeching landfill, BUT it does visually impact the way I perceive forest health and why we need more regulatory law items addressing the nursery trade ect. – see yesterday’s post. Here the typical Northeastern hardwood forest has, in all practical terms, been eviscerated (pardon) by foreign invaders (!!!), Rosa multiflora, Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, Robinia pseudoacacia & Populus alba. Multiflora rose, porcelain berry, black locust, and white poplar. Here’s a great link on more invasive plant protocols: http://www.nyis.info/?action=israt. Note: the black locust is a native plant to the US, but considered a pest in our Mid-Atlantic region.
For anyone who might question one’s line drawn in the sand, foot firmly standing ground on the topic of invasive species, without stewardship and cautionary wind, this fatal landscape is possible anywhere.
If you ever have questions regarding invasive species, please feel free to contact myself, Molly or John. (Though better not ask me about bittersweet (Celastrus scandens v. C. orientalis) because I over and over again get those two confused – we are humans after all.)