A Focus on Native Species
From Julie-Lynn Zahavich, Stewardship Coordinator at Island Nature Trust:
Every summer, staff from Island Nature Trust work to control a persistent population of purple loosestrife at Deroche Pond. Deroche Pond is a large pond that lies behind Blooming Point Beach, a popular summer haunt for many islanders. This year, we noticed that the population had expanded beyond the pond and was invading the sand dune system behind Blooming Point. If left to its own devices, purple loosestrife could overtake the whole dune system, displacing native species and reducing overall diversity. While moving through the cattails and bayberry, we observed many beautiful wetland plants.
Sometimes, with the issue of invasive species, we focus a lot of our attention on the invaders. For this post, I wanted to draw your attention to some of the beautiful plants we found growing in close proximity to the purple loosestrife.These plants are what we stand to lose from this area if we do not take action.
Island Nature Trust always looking for help to pull purple loosestrife in late July/early August. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Island Nature Trust!.