To kick of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC is featuring an article by our own Education and Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Greg Gagliano on his invasive removal work in Arden, Delaware. Greg is the owner of Red Tail Restoration & Land Management, LLC.
The Great Impact of One Community
By Greg Gagliano
Not all forests are created equal. Many fragmented natural areas in the Mid-Atlantic region are overrun with invasive plants that out-compete native vegetation by growing quickly, spreading rapidly, and seeding in for years. Thus, many people accept the loss of native plants and associated wildlife on their property or local woodlot due to overcrowding and possible soil degradation. The Village of Arden in Wilmington, Delaware was determined not to let this happen.
The communities that include the Village of Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft are enveloped by a large tract of forest that winds along Naaman’s Creek and Perkins Run in Wilmington, Delaware. The Village of Arden Forest Committee, led by Carol Larson, along with support from Ardentown Natural Land Steward, Elaine Schmerling, spent years supporting their local forests and natural areas. The dedication to environmental stewardship by the residents has led to countless conservation initiatives, including the dramatic improvement of a heavily-invaded forest along Naaman’s Creek by the intersection of Marsh Road and Millers Road. Continue reading