Richfield Heritage Preserve Invasive Species Management Task Force
Two years of collaborative work efforts finally paid off with RHP park partners Jennifer Windus, Ohio Invasive Plant Council president, and Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA) Stewardship Assistants. First, a task force was formed with local professionals (including biologists) to create the Invasive Species Management Plan (ISMP) outline and identify the high-quality natural areas at RHP. Then, with the help of the ONAPA Stewardship Assistants, those areas were mapped and surveyed for abundances of invasive plant species. The RHP Invasive Species Management Plan is near completion. The Invasive Species Management Task Force (ISMTF) team has been trained to apply herbicide, using the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Safety Training Guide for Trained Servicepersons. We are proud to announce our first two projects were conducted by the RHP ISMP Team together with members from ONAPA, who normally volunteer to do removal projects at the state nature preserves. We will continue to implement the plan and focus on removal efforts – first in the high-quality areas of the property’s southern portion and then later in the northern portion’s lower-quality areas.
The winter 2019 newsletter of the Ohio Invasive Plant Council features an article about development of the RHP ISMP.
Lynn Richardson & Nancy Kanik destroying barberrry in the woods near Spif's garden, October 2021. Phot by Chris Naizer. Even though cutting and stemp treating is the most effective method of managing large woody plants, we still sometimes use shovels to dig out low-density populations of small bushes,