Scout’s Invasives Project Leads to Eagle Honor

by Linda Rohleder, Land Stewardship Director

Matt Whittle becomes Eagle ScoutCongratulations, Matt!

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

 

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About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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