Take on Invasives: Garlic Mustard

Picture a carpet of vegetation so dense that your legs become lost in a sea of green as you wade through the forest. The woodland wildflowers that used to bloom here are no more, lost to a flood of invasive plants. Gone too are the diverse insects that once clamored over every blossom and propagated those beloved native flowers. What’s left are trees and an understory of nothing but garlic mustard. … More Take on Invasives: Garlic Mustard

Huron Pines Leads Day of Service to Spruce up Vanderbilt School Forest

Over 100 volunteers came together at Vanderbilt Area School on May 21 for a Day of Service to enhance the school grounds and school forest through landscaping, tree planting and trail building. Each spring the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program leads a day of service for AmeriCorps members from across the region to come together to support a community project. … More Huron Pines Leads Day of Service to Spruce up Vanderbilt School Forest

Student-Led Stewardship Builds Community Connections

When students gain a deeper understanding of the natural resources in the places they live and have connections to, it sets the groundwork for lifelong stewardship. Giving students ownership to drive projects and have a direct and positive impact on their environment strengthens their sense of place and responsibility for their community’s natural resources now and into the future. … More Student-Led Stewardship Builds Community Connections

Take on Invasives: Japanese barberry

In areas where it takes hold, Japanese barberry outcompetes every other plant. This means the flowers, trees and shrubs that provide pollen, nutrients and habitat which support native wildlife don’t have a chance to grow. Left unmanaged, barberry forms a thicket, upwards of 6 feet tall, of snarled and thorny branches. Once it spreads, it grows without interference because its thorns keep deer and other wildlife at bay. … More Take on Invasives: Japanese barberry