by Linda Rohleder, Land Stewardship Director
Matthew Whittle of Oakland, NJ, , a senior at Indian Hills High School, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 49, earned Eagle Scout status in March with a service project in Ramapo Mountain State Forest removing invasive plant species along the MacEvoy Trail. Matt organized the work and recruited volunteers to clear the trail of nine different types of invasive plants. After the invasive plants were removed, Matt and his crews planted native low-bush blueberry shrubs and Christmas ferns to fill in the cleared areas. The volunteers contributed 231 work hours over four work days.
Matthew learned how to identify invasive plants and how to remove the different species effectively by working with the Trail Conference’s Invasives Strike Force (ISF) as a summer intern in 2013.
If you would like to get involved in the Invasives Strike Force, check out the ISF’s spring Trail Crew schedule at http://www.nynjtc.org/panel/invasive-strike-force-crew