Certain types of plants, known as "alien invasive species," are harmful to our local ecosystems because they can outcompete beneficial native plants. As a result, there is often a need to assess large areas of land and put in place control methods to remove, or reduce, the impacts of such species. One Nature completed an invasive species management plan for an organic farm and surrounding lands. The plan calls for no herbicides or otherwise harmful chemical products. Instead, it relies on hand and machine removal, site access changes, and an intensive agricultural cover crop seeding schedule. Under supervision of the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District, our team of botanists and ecologists performed extensive walking transects and analysis of aerial photographs. Some of the alien species identified on the site include:

  • Burning Bush
  • Cow Vetch
  • Japanese Stilt Grass
  • Mugwort
  • Oriental Bittersweet
  • Phragmites
  • Porcelainberry
  • Silver Lace Vine

Implementation of the plan requires an adaptive management approach that reacts appropriately to bi-weekly, seasonal, and annual reporting procedures. All control methods meet USDA organic farming requirements.