Invasive plants are a scourge to wildlife and water quality in riparian areas. The Christina Conservancy has identified areas along the river that need invasive plant removal and will seek volunteers to assist the Conservancy and its partners (the Christina River Cleanup Committee, the Delaware Nature Society, State Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the Delaware Invasive Species Council). During the Out With Invasives events, participants will focus on cutting or removing some non-native, rapidly spreading pest plants like Asian bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and bush honeysuckles and when possible plant some native species in the area. Initially, the focus has been on the Peterson Marsh along the river, but other areas will be addressed in the future.
What will be provided: Gloves, some hand tools, trash bags, and water
What to bring: Hand clippers, branch loppers, small hand saws if available, and favorite garden gloves. Waterproof boots or “mud sneakers” are a must!
Where to meet: Cross the footbridge to the DuPont Environmental Education Center* building and go down to the bottom of the stairs. The event is rain or shine so dress for the weather.
Everyone age 14 and above is welcome, but under 16 requires adult supervision and under 18 requires parental consent (form is shown below). Volunteers must sign a waiver of liability. Click here to download required form.
Out With Invasives 1 – Peterson Marsh – October 20, 2012
In 2013, over 30 volunteers participated in the “Out With Invasives 2″ Event on October 26 at the DuPont Environmental Education Center. The project was a successful partnership between the Christina Conservancy, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Invasive Species Council, and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Volunteers used a variety of tools and techniques to remove invasive species that negatively impact the natural ecosystem and wildlife habitat around the center. This area along the Christina is particularly plagued with non-native, rapidly spreading pest plants like Asian bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and Phragmites (a/k/a big reed) which cause serious ecological harm at the expense of native species.Thanks to everyone who helped out!