The Hilltop Prisoners Pond Forest Regeneration project has made significant progress towards its first phase objectives. A dedicated group of volunteers has cleared approximately one acre of invasive plant species, primarily bush honeysuckle. See project page for more detail.
These woody-stemmed large shrubs / small trees were so thick one could not walk more than a few feet. Removal of the honeysuckle revealed the poor health of most of the ash trees on site, which have been ravaged by ash yellows syndrome and the emerald ash borer (an invasive beetle). These diseased trees unfortunately had to be brought down to prevent them from crushing the new ones we intend to plant.
Volunteers worked with Essex County to cut the fallen tree trunks into sections. Then we brought in Grove Landscaping to stack the logs into piles and to dig 80+ tree pits. Now, the aforementioned area is clear and ready for tree-planting. We expect the saplings and other supplies to be delivered mid- to late-April.
If you wish to help with planting native trees and improving wildlife habitat, please contact Dave Freschi (details below). We look forward to continuing to progress this exciting project. Thanks for your support!