A Volunteer’s 10 Cents Worth

We are helping the environment by maintaining our community shared patch of woodland and waterway. Whether it’s invasive cattails, honeysuckle, wineberries, swallowort, buckthorn, Russian olive, bittersweet, poison ivy, ragweed or honey locust. The Oxbow and surrounding area is an educational resource and can teach others how to control invasive species in other areas. 


Whether it’s one honeysuckle bush or a stray knotweed plant, it’s a start. Once the Oxbow is clear for mowing, volunteers can gravitate further into the woods to help rid the area of plants that choke out what’s beneficial to our local wildlife. We want to protect plants that were here many thousands of years ago, not decades ago.
“The Land Conservancy has hired Applied Ecological Services to remove harmful invasive plants like Norway maple, common buckthorn, tree-of-heaven, and phragmites for the first phase of the project. These invasive species are being replaced with beneficial natives like oak trees, ninebark shrubs and Canada anemone.”
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-progress-and-additional-funding-restore-gorge-niagara-falls?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

As I camp, hike and visit many state parks, I see first hand what’s happening to the meadows and woodlands all across the state and hope we can open a few eyes. The honeysuckle is such a “sweet” name and people can’t see how invasive it has become. Far more so than Russian olive, but that bush is a close second.
The mowed grass is perfect for the turtles to perform their egg laying duties. The fences, house parts wires and other junk must have made it difficult for them in the past. The junk probably killed a number of adult turtles too.

By Eric Gavelis

Just a note to folks who think they can help themselves to plants, mushrooms and flowers down the Oxbow. You can’t ! Please do not pick the flowers!

And Kids – take note. We love you to come fishing here, but take your paper, bottles and fishing line home with you.

Mike Caswell

PTNY Permit Holder

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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