, Derry, New Hampshire


October 3, 2013

Commission battles knotwood


A meeting April 24, town councilors approved having Conservation Commission members apply for and use state grant money to help battle invasive species at the Shepard Park property in East Derry.

The money comes as a two-phase project, totaling $21,500.

Funding comes through the state of New Hampshire’s Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

Rockingham County Conservation District staffers will oversee projects at the Shepard Property, including treatments, native plantings, data collection and presentation of results.

Last spring, Conservation Commission members hosted a workshop on identifying dangerous plants at Shepard, how to remove them and then replant the area with native plants.

Bittersweet is a big problem at the 35-acre property, along with other invasive plants and grasses like barberry and Japanese knotwood.

The projects have no impact on the town’s budget.

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