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The Shirley Conservation Commission would like to thank all the volunteers who helped cut back invasive plants around Fredonian Pond. The crew worked for three hours to open a vista of the pond and to relieve native trees and shrubs from strangulation by invasive plants.

Many thanks to the Department of Public Works, who removed and burned an enormous pile of thorny brush. Special thanks to Stephen Hampson for spreading the DPW’s road grindings to level the parking lot, and to Eric Shapiro from Phoenix Park for his dedication to Fredonian Park.

Eradicating invasive species is an ongoing battle. Fredonian Park has an abundance multiflora rose, autumn olive and oriental bittersweet. These plants re-sprout when cut back and, therefore, need to be cut three to four times a year. Smaller invasives (with less than one-inch diameter trunks) can be dug out of the ground, although all roots must be removed to avoid re-sprouting. You can expect to see people working in Fredonian Park during the next several growing seasons.

The Conservation Commission has resources about identifying and removing invasive plants. Visit or call the conservation office for recommendations of native shrubs that you can plant in your home landscape.

Nancy Askin

Chair,

Shirley Conservation Commission

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