15. July 2010 20:07
David Simon (OFAH)
Jade Watson (LTC)
Stephanie Barr (LTC)
Yesterday, Lower Trent Conservation, the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) joined forces and attacked alien invaders at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. The dreaded white sweet clover has infested the area and is hindering restoration efforts. White sweet clover is an invasive plant from Eurasia that spreads prolifically producing up to 350 000 seeds per plant. The plant emerges early in the season, outcompeting the native prairie plants in this unique ecosystem for precious sunlight and nutrients.
It was a hard fought battle with the invasive plant grasping the soil with its deep taproot. However, our team rose to the challenge with intensity and determination and managed to clear an entire field of this invader. At the end of the day, native grasses and sedges within the Savanna were given respite, gaining more sunlight and nutrients for native seed production.
The Alderville First Nation has been leading the fight in protecting this rare ecosystem for the hundreds of unique species that call it home. We were happy to come and aid them in their fight in restoring the Savanna to its pristine state. The day ended with a guided tour of the Savanna focusing on the unique species found within that make it such a special place. The battle has been won but the war is not over, there are many other fields in dire need of your help. If you are looking for a day full of satisfaction we recommend contacting the friendly staff at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna and asking how you can help: http://www.aldervillesavanna.ca/ and to learn more about Invasive Species visit www.invadingspecies.com