Feb. 24, 2017

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There is a very active volunteer crew at Ives Preserve.  We work on invasive plant removal, and restoration of native populations.  We log thousands of hours each year, from April to November.  I once heard the crew has put in more hours in a year than any other state conservancy got for their entire state.  It has had an incredible result, restoring the fen by removing buckthorn.  In the woods, we remove garlic mustard and invasive shrubs.  And in upland open, prairie plantings are thriving.  The effort is complete except for maintenance and for the cursed garlic mustard.  Information about volunteering is at http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/placesweprotect/ives-road-fen-preserve.xml.  In this image, the crew is carrying out garlic mustard at the end of a day's work.  The mustard plants are left in areas of the gravel pits where they can't grow and will add organic material for soil.