Restoration may be a marathon, but it sure is fun

Different Kinds of Growth

It is that time of year when the world has transformed back to green, and we finally get to enjoy the splendor of a landscape in full bloom. This growth is fully welcome after months of cold and leafless roadsides. However, there are undesirable guests that join as part of the package of Spring- invasive species.

 

June 2018: Japanese Knotweed cut down in preparation for riparian buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area.

June 2018: Japanese Knotweed cut down in preparation for riparian buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area.

An invasive species is a species that is not found in a specific area naturally, but has been brought here (either intentionally or unintentionally) from another place by various routes. Here in Pennsylvania, we often struggle with Japanese Knotweed, Reed Canary Grass, Tree of Heaven, Privet, Wild Rose, and many more. These species completely take over and take out other high value vegetation in the process.  

 

Our Commitment to Restoration

As an organization, we have prioritized planting riparian buffers across Allegheny County to improve air and water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding and stormwater, increase habitat for fish and wildlife, and engage residents in a hands-on educational experience.

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The Bright Side of Managing Invasive Species

To properly restore riparian areas, we have to incorporate invasive management into each site. Although this is a time consuming (and ongoing) piece of environmental restoration, it is also another opportunity to come together as volunteers and reap all the benefits of volunteerism. Invasives management includes getting outside, exercising, learning about the environment, and building relationships with others in the community.

 

October 2018: Riparian Buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area in the Montour Run Watershed

October 2018: Riparian Buffer planting at the Forestbrooke Conservation Area in the Montour Run Watershed

 

We will be embarking on our second invasives management event on June 3rd in North Fayette at Hollow Oak Land Trust’s Forestbrooke Conservation Area. This past October, we planted over 400 native trees and shrubs at the Conservation Area and along the Montour Trail with many project partners and volunteers. We will revisit this site and cut down invasives until the buffer is established and able to shade out the competition.

 

Will you join in on the fun? Contact rebecca@awapa.org / 412-291-8006 with any questions.

 

Knotweed Therapy with Hollow Oak Land Trust and the Montour Run Watershed Association

Monday, June 3

5:30-7:30

Meet at the bottom of Oak Moss Drive in North Fayette (Off of Cliff Mine Road)

Closed- toe shoes are a must. Boots are even better.

We will have tools, but extra hedge clippers are appreciated.

 

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AWA Calendar: https://www.awapa.org/enviroevents-1