July 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Fighting Invasive Plants at Edge of Appalachia Preserve

By Jeremy Held ’17
HTC Plant Biology Major
Summer internship, Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, OH

One of the biggest challenges at Edge of Appalachia, and any preserve for that matter, is invasive plants. For a large preserve like EOA, the most effective way to treat these invasive plants is herbicide application.

Over the course of several days, some colleagues and I worked a recently acquired property by the Nature Conservancy. It was a former farm, and the fields were teeming with autumn and Russian olive. We would apply a small amount of herbicide around the base of each tree using a backpack sprayer.

Doing my part in the battle against invasives!

Doing my part in the battle against invasives!

Our hard work was rewarded less than a week later when the leaves on the olive trees began turning brown.

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