What will you do to eradicate invasive species?

Species such as Chinese privet, Elaeagnus (autumn olive), Nandina, English ivy, honeysuckle, and fire ants present a challenge at Sandy Creek Nature Center. In some parts of the site, they have crowded out native vegetation, changing the nature and ecology of the forest and limiting important sources of food for year round and migratory animals. This project utilizes prescribed fire, handcutting, mechanical mulching, and targeted application of herbicides to remove non-native species. The creation of a more diverse habitat allows native plants and animals to thrive at Sandy Creek Nature Center. This provides educational opportunities to understand the importance of control and eradication of exotic invasives.

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1. Why create a managed forest at Sandy Creek Nature Center?
2. How much of the nature center will be used for the managed forest?
3. Where will the managed forest be located?
4. Will the managed forest be all pine?
5. What is the history of this part of the property?
6. The land is already forested, why not leave it as is?
7. How will the managed forest address these problems?
8. Won’t letting more sunlight reach the ground create a lot of underbrush?
9. Are controlled burns safe?
10. Is clear-cutting part of the managed forest plan?
11. How are the other sites managed?
12. When does work start?
13. Is clearing and thinning the best way to create the managed forest?
14. How will you keep the Nature Center looking attractive?
15. Will the activity affect any rare or endangered species?
16. What will you do to eradicate invasive species?
17. How will you pay for it?
18. Do you have support from the community and forestry experts?
19. Is there an approval process?
20. How can I learn more?