Invasive Strike Force



Japanese knotweed has spread (and spread) to roadside verges and open land near the soccer field.  One way to control it is to mow it 5-6 times a year.

Japanese Angelica

You never forget your first encounter with Japanese Angelica!  Covered with thorns from trunk to treetop, angelica is armed to the teeth.  Angelica has established competitive thickets in the Lakes park forest, blotting out light that normally supports pine and decidous stands of shrubs and trees.

 Japanese knotweed, Japanese angelica, thorny barberry and bittersweet are four of the persistent invasive plants that threaten to suffocate other plants in the park.

In 2017, we’re working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to put together a stewardship plan for the park’s urban forest.

We’ll be removing and mulching up the deadfall from Superstorm Sandy and protecting saplings that have already begun to grow.  We’ll be planting white and Norway spruce trees and other native shrubs to help hold the line against invasives.

And we’ll be working together as an “invasive strike force” to remove (as a priority) Japanese angelica, a persistent, thorny, pernicious invasive that has already established stubborn thickets in the woods around the lakes.

If you’d like to join us, we can’t promise that you won’t get poison ivy rash, but we can promise a good afternoon’s work and maybe beer in a downtown pub afterwards.

Send us a message (use the form below), come to a meeting (first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 in Village Hall), make a donation to help us purchase saplings (use button below) or just watch our notices to join in the next attack.

Make a Donation

The smallest donation — five or ten dollars — makes a difference, helping us pay for gloves, tools, bags, replacement trees, tree wraps, etc.  These little things go a long way toward keeping invasives at bay and encouraging other plants to grow.

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Join the war on invasives.

Interested in helping us fight invasive plants in the park?  Drop us an email using this form.