Friday, September 23, 2005

IPANE in the Afternoon - Day 1, Part 5

To end Friday's session of scientific talks, Seth Wilkinson spoke about his company's efforts at restoration on Pochet Island and Wings Island, off of Cape Cod. The goal on Pochet Island is to rescue the sandplain grassland there, especially important since it is a globally rare habitat type. They've been employing several different management techniques to rid the island of invasive plants like Asiatic bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and shrub honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.). The machines in the slideshow were big enough to hold a person, but not so big as their weight would do serious damage to the land. Plus they got to burn lots of stuff, good fun all around.

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