Jun. 24, 2017


The Ives Fen Preserve property has experienced all sorts of disturbance.  Logging and farming almost seem natural.  The southeast section was a gravel mine.  Adjacent to that is a chemical plant that at one time was disposing of carbon tetrachloride by dumping it on the ground.  Ground water remediation is still ongoing.  Very close to the spot where this mint was transplanted, a truck once lost its trailer.  It turned out it was part of an illigal dumping operation, hauling barrels of chemical waste from a chrome plating operation two counties away.  Because of the accident, they got caught.  I once found some barrels like that dumped off an old rail grade west of the preserve.  Transplanting native plants starts to feel pretty innocent!