July 30, 2008

Land Trust Schedules Volunteer Work Session

NORWAY - The Western Foothills Land Trust invites community volunteers to enter into battle with the invasive "Rosa Multiflora" on Roberts Farm Preserve from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Multiflora rose is an aggressive colonizer of open unplowed land and is highly successful on forest edges. The prolific seed producer can create extremely dense, impenetrable thickets that crowd out other vegetation and inhibit regrowth of native plants, according to the Maine Extension (http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/ 2509.htm).

Trust members will work in the parking area and up some of the old skidder trails all morning. It is not work for the timid, members said.

Bring loppers and wear protective clothing and gloves. The trust will supply water and fruit. Meet at the Roberts Road entrance to the preserve just south and across from Woods Lawn Co. Call 739- 2124 for more information.

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