This Fall-like weather is a good indication for us to prepare. Even some trees and bushes are losing their vibrant green in preparation for the dormant season. With that, we want to help those pesky invasive species to “bring down their green” with a dose of herbicide to kill them off. Sounds horrible? Yes, but for some invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed and Oriental Bittersweet, just leaving a little bit of the root can stimulate more growth next spring. Therefore the best managment practice at this time is to apply (carefully) some approved herbicides to the plant’s leaves and stumps. It will be absorbed and as the plant prepares to “die back” and brings that herbicide down to the roots. I want to express that we do not want to broadcast spray… there is a technique. Aaaaand what better way to learn than from participating in our own Invasive Species Removal and Native Planting event at Shepard Park this Saturday, Sept 22nd at 9:00 AM???? Please come out and join us as we learn to identify and remove some of the invasives and replace the bare ground with native plants at one of Derry’s Conservation Areas. Bring a pair of gloves and wear tall boots… oh and bring an appetite for donuts and coffee, too.
It looks like the Cole Marsh Conservation Area walk this Saturday, June 16th, will have great weather! Be sure to bring your bug spray and hiking or rain boots, though. We do stay on the pathways, but an occasional detour is not out of the question. The summer walks are such a great way to get kids back into nature and explore their surroundings. My daughter was so excited about the porcupine quills we found at Broadview and can’t wait to see what we discover at Cole Marsh. So please join us as we meet at 8 A.M. at the conservation area’s entrance on Damren Road (off of Hampstead Rd). We usually start our walk once a good amount of us are there… so if you are running late, just give one of us a call/text to let us know to wait!
Our next event will be the screening of the documentary Tapped. We are very excited about this as it will be our first time hosting a screening and look forward to having a good crowd and productive discussion afterward. Our co-hosts are the Derry Conservation Commisssion and The Coffee Factory located in the Derry Commons. The screening will take place at the Coffee Factory and it is free and open to the public. The doors “open” at 5:30 and we will start the movie at 6:00. Bring a friend and please RSVP so we have an idea as to how many people will be attending.
Okay, so aside from the many great things rain does, like not having to water my veggie garden or lawn, it does make going out and enjoying the outdoors a bit damp and chilly. Our guided walk at Broadview Park last Saturday was met with beautiful weather. I do hope that our next walk on June 16th, at Cole Marsh off of Damren Road, also has great weather as well. Last year at Cole Marsh we witnessed a turtle laying her eggs. I wonder what we will experience this year?
Our next Go Green Meeting is on Thursday, June 7th at 7 pm at the Municipal Building (rm 207). We will be discussing the lastest information regarding our anti-littering campaign, our recycling subcomitte will report their plans, and of course, we will talk about the exciting documentary screening of Tapped at The Coffee Factory scheduled for June 23rd at 6:00 pm. Hope to see our regular members there and new guests are always welcome!