Many help launch an invasive plant removal project at Larson Woodland

Invasive species are organisms that are not native to an area, that tend to spread and displace native species, and that have harmful consequences for the environment.  Invasive species include animals, plants, and even fungi.  In the twentieth century, diseases caused by non-native fungi–accidentally introduced in North America–devastated elm and chestnut trees.  Invasive gypsy moths have damaged many other local tree species.

Invasive trees and shrubs are common in our area and threaten to crowd out native plants–wreaking havoc with native ecosystems.  The Attleboro Land Trust has launched an invasive removal project focusing on Larson Woodland.  At four acres, this is one of our smaller nature preserves.  This will serve as a demonstration project, and we hope to apply lessons learned to our other preserves.

A survey of the preserve was conducted by Gary Krofta and Phil Boucher, resulting in a map identifying the invasive species to be targeted and their locations.  Longtime watershed protection advocate Don Doucette has been a key advisor.  The project was kicked off on Saturday, November 23.  Among the volunteers who pitched in was a contingent of Scouts from Attleboro Troop 15.

A good turnout of volunteers helped to remove invasive plant species at Larson Woodland on November 23, 2019.    Image credit: C. Adler

Oriental bittersweet was removed from the banks of the Ten Mile River near the spillway.  The bright red berries (once prized for their decorative value during the winter holidays) were bagged and will be burned to prevent propagation of new plants.

Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is an invasive vine that originated in China.    Image credit: C. Adler

Some large non-native honeysuckle bushes along Riverbank Road were also removed.

Scouts from Troop 15 removing an invasive honeysuckle bush at Larson Woodland.    Image credit: C. Adler

Project work parties will continue in the spring.  Some of the other species to be targeted are buckthorn, purple loosestrife, and Norway maple.  We welcome more volunteers to help with the work.


Boughs of holly festoon the Richardson Preserve

After 24 hours of rain, sleet, and snow, the Richardson Nature Preserve glistened on the morning of December 18, 2019.  An American holly tree is ...

Annual meeting focuses on “Hike Attleboro”

Trail advocate Don Burn brought his vision to a full house at the Attleboro Land Trust’s annual meeting on October 22.  Burn was the driving ...

Lands under our protection as of June 30, 2018: 492 acres owned; 200 acres restricted; 692 acres total.

News About Your Land Trust and More

Click below to read our monthly electronic newsletter, intended for distribution over social media, that includes news of what is happening at our conservation properties, as well as general conservation topics. There are also articles on Attleboro history, with a focus on the Barrows Farm (now the Richardson Preserve) and what seasonal tasks the Barrows family might have been working on as they derived their living from this land 300 years ago. News of the Attleboro Community Garden is also a regular feature.
This publication is being produced by the Education and Outreach Committee of the Attleboro Land Trust, local volunteers, and some of the classes at Attleboro High School.


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Duties of a site steward:

  • Walk the property on a regular basis
  • Pick up litter
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Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Presentation – Getting Wind and ... @ Attleboro Library
Presentation – Getting Wind and ... @ Attleboro Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Larry Rosenberg of Elders for Climate Action for a presentation on changing our power grid by transporting wind and solar energy from West and Southwest to the East.
10:30 am Garden Registrations @ Attleboro Library
Garden Registrations @ Attleboro Library
Feb 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Gardener Danielle Cournoyer will lead an informative and lively Seed Starting Workshop geared towards the novice to mid-level experienced gardener.  Garden Registration will take place at this time.
10:00 am Garden Registrations #2 @ Attleboro Library
Garden Registrations #2 @ Attleboro Library
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional Opportunity to register for Garden space for 2020.
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Oak Knoll
Board of Directors Meeting @ Oak Knoll
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
March Board Meeting
all-day Flower Show – Attleboro Arts Museum @ Attleboro Arts Museum
Flower Show – Attleboro Arts Museum @ Attleboro Arts Museum
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Event: March 19th – 22nd, 2020 Theme: “Animal Habitats – Spring Gardens Gone Wild” The animal kingdom is center stage at the Museum’s annual celebration of spring! Live gardens, original nature-themed art, floral arrangements, animal shows, live music and more.  A perennial favorite! This year’s garden displays are provided by Briggs Nursery, North Attleborough, MA; Bristol County[...]
all-day Earth Day Info Table – Briggs Nu... @ Briggs Nursery
Earth Day Info Table – Briggs Nu... @ Briggs Nursery
Apr 18 all-day
Join us at Briggs Nursery to celebrate Earth Day and find out information about the land trust.

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