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Monitoring for Spotted Lanternflies

Monitoring for Spotted Lanternflies

Spotted Lanternfly trap monitored by USDA APHIS The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatula) is an introduced leaf hopper insect that is rapidly spreading across the MidAtlantic states. As it is a serious pest of agricultural crops and selected woody plants, the USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has an active monitoring and control program. APHIS has set up a trapping station in the EcoPreserve –¬† so if you come across it please let it alone as it is…

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Planting American Strawberry (Euonymus americanus) bushes Bluebells (Mertensia virgininca) and Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) Several years ago a RUtgers Ecology & Evolution student¬† (& EcoPreserve land steward) Josh Echols and NJ Conservation Foundation ecologist Emile DeVito found American Strawberry (Euonymus americanus)¬† growing in a patch of woods near the Edison Monument in Menlo Park. Emile collected seeds and grew them out with the help of Duke Farms staff at their greenhouses. This spring we planted ten of the native shrubs…

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Riparian shrub plantings taking off

Riparian shrub plantings taking off

Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) After being planted almost a decade ago, the grove of native shrubs planted along the riparian zone of Buell Brook has finally become well established. A number of the shrubs experienced a major growth spurt this past year and some are well over head high. These shrubs were planted as part of several student projects in the Natural Resource Management course taught at SEBS. The objective was to stabilize the riparian zone along Buell Brook and…

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Deer Management Program Started

Deer Management Program Started

Please Observe the message on these signs. The EcoPreserve Deer Management Program has started. A group of carefully vetted bowhunters are permitted to hunt of the EcoPreserve to help us keep the deer population in check. An overpopulation of deer can lead to a severe impact on the overall health of the forest. Rutgers is working with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and neighboring municipalities on a regional deer management plan. Some of the venison harvested from the…

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