Our annual Smokey Bear Day is on Monday October 8, 2018, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center.
Native and non-native invasive plants are a major threat to the viability of natural communities and rare wildlife within and beyond the Preserve. There are a number of invasive plant species that can out-compete native Pine Bush vegetation to the detriment of many rare, declining and endangered plants and animals. These range from small flowering plants like Garlic Mustard to tall trees like Black Locust. There are a variety of methods to deal with each, and some are more effective than others.
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission uses chemical control only as a tool-of-last-resort when no other method is feasible. Research in the Preserve and in other areas of the country has shown that Black Locust (and many other woody invasive plants) will not re-sprout when the cut stems are treated chemically. Therefore, when mechanical removal is not possible or desirable black locust trees and re-sprouts can be cut and a small quantity of herbicide applied directly to the cut surface. The herbicide is drawn into the root system and kills the plant. There are a variety of invasive plants that can be feasibly managed with the responsible use of chemical controls. The Commission’s use of chemical management is consistent with government regulations by licensed applicators according to label specifications. For more detail about the use of chemical management in the Preserve, please refer to the 2010 Management Plan for the Preserve.
Once the invasive plants are eliminated it is expected that periodic controlled fires, mechanical treatments or spot chemical treatments will maintain these areas once they are restored and stabilized with desirable Pine Bush vegetation.