2013 Forest Regeneration Project
The weekend of April 13-14, sixteen volunteers planted ten plots of native shrub and tree species, to jump-start the process of regenerating the forest understory damaged by decades of deer over-browse.
They included: redbud (Cercis canadensis), arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) and summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). We will add more natives plants next year, once we see that foreign invasives are controlled and the natives are doing well. Conservancy volunteers will tend to the plantings as they fill out and mature over the next several years.
The plots are located in the woods just north of the 10-acre meadow restoration site, inside the loop road. An 8-foot poly fence supported by metal stakes will protect the natives for the next 4-5 years until they outgrow Bambi's reach. The fence and posts are black, so they are not that noticeable.
Volunteers also spent 4 hours pulling wineberry and privet -- two very invasive foreign species -- from the surrounding area, to reduce competition for nutrients, moisture and sunlight and give the newly-planted natives a better chance of succeeding.
We were able to get most of them at low-cost from state.nj.us/nj_forest_nursery. The rest we purchased at cost from local growers (via Condurso's Garden Center). Total cost for the 50 trees and shrubs planted was about $500 which was
funded 100% by the Conservancy (via membership dues and individual donations).