Habitat Regeneration/Invasive Plant Species Removal/Planting of Native Flora
The regeneration of native habitat on the 2,740-acre property in Hillsborough is part of the transformation of Duke Farms into a regional center for environmental stewardship. The process involves the removal of non-native invasive plants, many of them introduced from Europe and Asia, that are aggressive competitors with native plants for space and nutrients. They often form dense stands or thickets that crowd out native vegetation and have an adverse effect on wildlife that depend on native plant species for food and shelter.
Volunteers will learn about planting techniques and the importance of using native plants in the landscape. Some of the species that volunteers will be planting include New England Aster, Black-eyed Susans, Cardinal flower, Red Oak and Black Oak.
In the spring and summer, volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plant species on the property. Removal of invasive plants also helps to stem their distribution to other areas, removing sources of seeds that may spread throughout the region.
In the late summer and autumn, volunteers are needed to help plant native plant species that have been raised from seed collected at Duke Farms. Using these plants to replace non-native plants creates a healthier ecosystem and benefits local wildlife who depend on native plants for food and shelter.
Volunteers will work alongside staff members from Duke Farms as they learn about our native plants species and how these plants also can be used in the home landscape.
Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring heavy work gloves, water and a snack.
Participants should be in good health, capable of performing moderate physical labor and traversing uneven ground.