Troop 56 Pitches In


Many thanks to the 40 or so who came out on our first cold windy day to lop off the heads and dig of the rhizomes of the persistent phragmites. They are beautiful, but they take over. In 2009 a seed mix 20 wildflowers was planted in the two swales (marshy depressions that serve as stormwater filtration basins) at Magazine Beach. Today the eastern swale is mostly phragmites–which arrived on its own.

Troop 56’s Gwei Strong-Allen did a fabulous job leading her Venture Scout Project. This was her culminating conservation project, similar to an Eagle Scout Project. She recruited most of the volunteers, oriented them, borrowed tools and applied for permits. Go Gwei!

If you’d like to contribute to this battle–man vs. the phragmites–you still can. Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9am-noon, the Charles River Conservancy will host another invasive removal event and plant bulbs, too.

If you haven’t registered, please bring a shovel, wear boots, and dress in layers. We’ll have everything else you need. It will be cold, but you’re tough!!!!!! And, I’m bringing hot brownies….

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