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War on Invasive Species

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Date: May 19, 2018
Rain Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location Ridgefield Park and Recreation Center
Member Price: FREE
Non-Member Price: FREE
Summary:
Apparently the weather has beaten us on both our dates - this event is canceled Join a community action event and help clear the Park and Recreation Center of invasive species. In the meantime, you will be learning what they are and how to eliminate them from your property.
Detailed Description:

Because the weather hasn't cooperated on either of the dates this event was scheduled, it has been canceled.

Bittersweet (pictured), Japanese knotweed, barberry, purple loosestrife, and phragmites are just a few plants that are not native to our landscape.  As a result, they have no natural control.  Thus, they are able to grow so abundantly that they muscle out the native plants, creating unbalance in the ecosystem. For example:  When purple loosestrife aggressively moves into wetlands, it eliminates native plants such as cattails, sedges, bulrush and ferns. As these wetlands become infested with purple loosestrife, desirable food and nesting sites for wildlife are lost and there are fewer stopover sites for migrating birds. Sometimes an invasive plant will outproduce its native cousin to the point that the native becomes endangered.  A good example of this is bittersweet.  Oriental bittersweet, which produces decorative berries but can kill a tree, has become so abundant that American bittersweet is now on the endangered list.

Ridgefield's Conservation Commission and the Discovery Center are hoping to mobilize at least 50 individuals who are willing to join in and clear some of the Park and Recreation area of invasive species.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to identify these species, and the most effective way of eliminating them from your property.

Fee:  None

What to Bring:  Pruning shears and work gloves.  Please wear study shoes, insect spray is recommended

Location:  Ridgefield Park and Recreation Building, 195 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Conservation Commission

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