Invasive Species

A new partnership expands our work to combat harmful plants

The Fells suffers from the serious environmental impacts of non-native plant species that invade and degrade native habitats.

In the fall of 2021, we were awarded a Partnership Matching Grant from DCR to expand our invasive species work to three key habitat areas in the Fells under threat by invasives.

In winter 2021/spring 2022, an ecological consulting firm developed habitat restoration plans for the habitat areas. Starting in summer 2023, we started working with volunteers to carry out restoration activities. This project will cover the removal and management of invasive plant species in Greenwood Park and in targeted areas around Bellevue Pond and Wright’s Tower.

Interested in getting involved? Check out our calendar for upcoming volunteer stewardship events or reach out to our Community Engagement and Operations Manager, Maddie Morgan.

If you represent a club, company, or other group interested in scheduling a private volunteer event with us, please check out our group volunteering page here.

Volunteers work to remove the invasive Black swallow-wort.

Monitor invasives!

If you’d like to help us combat invasives while you enjoy your time in the Fells, consider joining Earthwise Aware’s Invasive Flora Monitoring project. The project involves using a phone app to document and report invasive plant species in the Fells and around Middlesex County. To learn more about this opportunity, please email Maddie Morgan.