Partnering on Invasive Species Management

September 19, 2022
Conservation News

The Trust welcomed Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) and Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) to Broad Cove last month. Staff from all three organizations conducted an invasive species assessment of the Trust’s recently acquired property in Aquebogue.

While walking three miles over the 100-acre property, the team passed through many micro habitats, tidal wetlands, woodlands, and open meadows. Data collected during the assessment will be used in the site’s invasive species control and inform techniques to improve land management. More information and resources to come!


Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven) found during the assessment.

Finding highlights:

  • Evidence of emerging invasive Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)
  • Stand of invasive knotweed in one isolated location
  • Controllable invasive thistle infestation on edge of forest
  • Meadow of native Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus)
  • Meadow of native Apocynum cannabium (Indian Hemp)

Apocynum cannabium (Indian Hemp) on the left and Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus) on the right.

To learn more about this project contact Josh Halsey, Environmental Programs Manager or Jessie McSwane, Senior Stewardship Manager.

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