Members, Partners & Friends of the Strike Team

Together, We Can Nip Invasive Species in the Bud!

The management of invasive species has been an ongoing struggle for land stewards.  In general, control of already widespread invasive species is not possible beyond select, intensive efforts.  Most land stewards agree that existing control efforts are a ‘drop in the bucket’ relative to the enormity of the problem.  The strategy of Early Detection & Rapid Response is an efficient strategy to eliminate or minimize future adverse impacts at the landscape scale.  It carries the hopeful message that we can “prevent the next Japanese barberry” and reduce future ecological degradation. 

The Strike Team serves as the organizing entity to focus cooperative efforts between partners.  Partners have access to numerous benefits, including training on identification and eradication of invasive species and access to our database.  Under the guidance and support of the Strike Team, partners search open space, report detections of emerging invasive species and initiate eradication efforts on the land they are responsible for managing.  The Strike Team pledges to assist in these efforts, either through direct physical support or through shared expertise or in-kind resources.

We encourage any public or private agency, organization, business, or individual to contact us about joining the Strike Team partnership. We welcome new members and volunteers.

The Strike Team offers trainings in the field and classroom

 

 

 

Special Thanks to the Funders

Who Have Provided Grants and Other Critical Funding

During the Past Year

Goats will provide targeted grazing for the invasive species eradication project in Mt. Holly tbhis spring.

Partner Spotlight: Mt. Holly Environmental Advisory Commission & Green Team

Mount Holly Township has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for its Save the Mount Project. The Mount Park in Mount Holly is not only the township’s namesake -- it is the site of a diversionary battle during the American Revolutionary War. Over the years this park has fallen into disrepair and nearly all the forest understory is blanketed with English ivy, Hedera helix, an extremely invasive groundover which commonly spreads from private landscapes. The grant will be used to restore 4 acres of the forested area to a healthy, diverse, native state that is essentially free of invasive groundcover. The town will utilize a three-prong approach to control the English ivy:
  1. Goats will be brought in to graze on the ivy
  2. Herbicide will be applied to remaining ivy
  3. Any remaining ivy will then be physical removed

The forest understory will then be replanted with native vegetation.

Community outreach will be an important part of the project. A workshop is slated for Wednesday, April 30th at the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences (307 High Street) at 7:00 pm. 

A new “Friends of the Mount” program will utilize neighborhood volunteers to monitor for and remove any re-occurrence of invasive plants and maintain the trail system. Engaging residents to be the stewards of their local park will serve as a model that can then be employed for other parks within Mount Holly and surrounding communities.

For more information about this project, please contact contact Randi Rothmel. rrothmel@twp.mountholly.nj.us.