Many hands. Light work. Profound Impact.
Invasive vines constitute the greatest ongoing threat to the health of our woods. Non-native vine species overwhelm native plants and have no natural controls. They rob trees of light and nutrients–resulting in woods that are struggling merely to survive.
Maintaining roughly 100 acres of woods is a herculean feat for a single committee. But collectively? Its easy. And fun.
Here’s the scoop! (More details can be accessed through the FAQs through the tab above.)
- The woods have been parceled into 100 plots (roughly 1 acre in size) that residents can “adopt” for light maintenance at least once a year.
- Each plot is assigned a color – red, blue, orange or yellow. The color is marked in the forest using ribbons, painted posts or painted trees–shown below. Kind of like hiking a trail in a national park! We will also arm you with some super easy training and a map to find your way through. And you’re off!
- We’ve identified the best time of year (late September-December) for maintenance, when its least bug-and-tick infused. Early spring time offers real opportunity also.
- You can maintain your own plot, or go in with friends. And the best part is that you can maintain it on your own timeframe–when its convenient for you!
- Shop for a plot by viewing our maps–and once you’ve made a selection, you’re welcome to “prospect” it and determine if its the right fit for you.
WHAT’S EXPECTED OF YOU?
- Reserve a plot by emailing AdoptaPlot@bayridge.org
- Visit your site at least once every 365 days to remove invasive vines that have advanced around and up the trees since the last vine maintenance visit.
- Report on progress by sending an email to AdoptaPlot@bayridge.org, giving the date that you/your group completed its annual vine maintenance visit for the entire plot–and alert us of any concerns or problems you think should be brought to the attention of the FMC.