Crow’s Nest: Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager


Hope you’re having a beautiful Earth Day! We’re working on some landscaping around the newly-renovated Jacob house at the preserve. We’re using the guidance that Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy describe in their recent book, The Living Landscape: we’re planting the backbone of native trees and shrubs and will get to the wildflower plantings later.

We’ve ordered some more native trees to plant this spring throughout the preserve, and we’ll be doing some pulling of garlic mustard, an invasive plant that inhibits the growth of trees. We still have prescribed fires to do on two Natural Lands Trust preserves that have Serpentine barrens (Willisbrook and ChesLen). It won’t be long before we’ll be mowing the trails through our meadows.

Take some time today to enjoy the gifts around us!