Eerie Moans Come From Gateway Invasive Plants…. as well as the Hypertherm production crews!

If you walk by the Upper Valley Land Trust’s Gateway parcel on Main Street in Norwich, VT, and if you are very quiet, you just might hear fear coming from the invasive plant species remaining on site……and you’ll hear moans from those that have perished!

With the hyper-help of 16 employees from Hypertherm, a Hanover, NH, based manufacturing company, about 30,000 square feet of woods were cleared of non-native, invasive plants that have taken over the area and threaten the longevity of the forest. Production crews from Hypertherm used one of their two days per year of paid time off for community service to rip, pull, tug, and yank out roots, shrubs, and trees of Glossy Buckthorn, European Honeysuckle and Japanese Barberry. The screams from the plants as their roots came out, one-by-one, were deafening but added great inspiration to an awesome crew of workers. While most everyone didn’t quite understand what Buckthorn was at the start, by day’s end, one could easily see the progress….and the challenge that remains. If you or a group you work with would like to be part of the action….and part of the solution…please let us know!

…and if you go to the site to see the work, be sure to look across the river toward the east side of Hanover and give the crew at Hypertherm a nod of thanks! Their achy backs and hands are making a difference…..and building community…one step at a time.

  • Sharon Plumb

    Great work!! Those moans are music to my ears. Thanks to UVLT for organizing the work day and Hypertherm for pulling the plants. Bit by bit, these work days do make a difference. As the Invasive Species Coordinator at the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, I hear a lot of frustration by landowners. The issue is so massive. But we can stay ahead of the game with thoughtful, practical steps.

    Take care and long live the natives!

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  • Judy Macnab

    Congratulations on the invasive plant removal project on the Gateway project in Norwich! I hope that you will continue to monitor and provide update info as time goes by. As the friend and frequent coworker of an especially diligent enemy of invasive plants, I can attest to the impact of due diligence on garlic mustard and purple loosestrife in a couple of relatively small areas. Nevertheless, we still feel it necessary to return every year. Although the loads are considerably lighter we have not yet returned empty handed.

    Your future reports will inform our enthusiasm for tackling the buckthorn, honeysuckle and barbarry you mention – a definitely more daunting task but one we should be working on.