Ripton Invasive Plant Pull Tools
This is an ongoing project for the last 5 years of the Ripton Conservation Commission. It has the goals of:
- Reducing the population and spread of invasive plant species along roadways in town.
- Involving folks so they can be empowered to act on invasive species on their own.
- Coordinate efforts between towns to provide tools and resources so that individual towns don’t need to purchase specialized tools.
Forest Land, Transportation, wildlife
We successfully applied for a grant to purchase, and did purchase, tools to assist in the safe and effective removal of invasive plant species.
In 2019, we attacked the following populations of invasive plants;
June 5: pulled garlic mustard and chervil near the Frost Bridge on Rt 125 for 4 person hours
June 8: pulled garlic mustard on North Branch Rd west of the Dugway for 1 person hour
June 9: pulled garlic mustard on North Branch Rd east of Dragon Brook Rd for 1.5 person hours
July 31: pulled wild parsnip at north end of Dragon Brook Rd for 4 person hours
Ripton Conservation Commission.
Residents of the town of Ripton.
Addison County Regional Planning Commission
Other Addison County Conservation Commissions
The persistent monitoring, scheduling, and participation of Warren and Barry King are instrumental in our efforts to beat back these environmental antagonists.
Scheduling has been challenging. Our most recent model is to have a community pull for a short time every other week at a regular time during the appropriate times in the species germination cycle. This is generally late spring through early summer.
Ripton Conservation Commission