Westford Invasive Species
The removal of many of the invasive species now found in Westford will help preserve the biodiversity, use and future welfare of our town. The Westford Conservation Trust Invasive Species Committee has set a goal to manage one particularly agressive invasive called mile-a-minute (MAM) vine by physically pulling it out and disposing of it.
This committee is working in collaboration with SUASCO-CISMA (Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) watershed – Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) as part of the Early Detection program for this particular invasive plant. The trust is a principal partner of SUASCO-CISMA which has provided grant support for this project.
If you would like to join our invasive pulls or work on the invasive committee, please contact us. (invasives ‘at’ westfordconservationtrust.org)
If you are a Westford resident and are wondering if you have an invasive on or near you property, feel free to contact us for identification and/or advice on controlling it.
2017 Mile-A-Minute (MAM) Saturday Morning Pull Dates – all pulls start at 9am unless stated below.
Grey Fox Lane
The first Mile-a-minute invasive vine pull for 2017 is planned for Saturday, July 8, from 9-11am at the Grey Fox Lane site (parking is on Grey Fox Lane).
This will be the seventh year of this program. Our efforts have resulted in fewer plants germinating from prior years’ seed banks. Last year was very dry and this may be the reason we pulled a total of less than 9 pounds of vines for the entire season. The board has decided to continue our program this year with the goal of managing, and eventually eradicating this vine from Westford.
We have an excellent crew of dedicated volunteers, but we really need your help to augment their efforts. If you haven’t made a pull in the recent past your participation in just one pulling this year will be greatly appreciated. We typically alternate pulling at the two main sites (Grey Fox Lane and Laughton Farms) every two weeks. There are other sites that we also survey (Littleton/Westford line for example) that will have their own dates scheduled separate from this main listing.
Here is our planned schedule for 2017 (all are Saturdays 9-11am):
7/8 Grey Fox Lane
7/15 Laughton Farms
7/22 Littleton site off of Great Rd.
8/5 Grey Fox
8/26 Grey Fox
9/23 Laughton & Grey Fox
We will send out reminder emails to those on our invasive contact list a few days before each pull. Please let us know if there is a morning or two (or more) you would like to join us.
We look forward to seeing you!
Invasives Control Committee
Invasive Species Resources
PCA MAM Fact Sheet
Ecological Landscaping Assoc.
Conn. Invasive Plant Working Group
New England Wildflower Society
Invasive Plant Alternatives
Mass. Invasive Plant Advisory Group
From the New England Wild Flower Society video series on invasive plants.