The Hilltop Prisoner’s Pond Forest Restoration Project has made significant progress towards its first phase objectives. A dedicated group of volunteers has cleared approximately 1 acre of invasive plant species, primarily bush honeysuckle. These woody-stemmed large shrubs/small trees were so thick one could not walk more than a few feet. Now, most of the aforementioned area is clear. Removal of the honeysuckle has revealed to poor health of many of the ash tress on site. These trees are diseased and have been ravaged by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle. These diseased trees will, unfortunately, need to come down. Volunteers are working to fell these trees which will then need to be cut up into movable sections in order to make way for prepping of tree plantings sites this fall. If you are willing to help with moving cut brush, logs or if you have experience with a chainsaw – please contact Dave Freschi. We look forward to continuing to progress this exciting project. Thanks for your support.