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Reports from the Front Lines

by Barbara Walvoord

First printed in Lathrop Lamp Post Nov. 11-17, 2017

This photo was taken on the east campus along Bassett Brook Road at the corner of Huckleberry Lane–a visible “front line” on our property.

Three years ago, on this corner, there was a dense hedge of burning bush (Euonymus alatus), so dangerously invasive it is now illegal to propagate or sell in Massachusetts.  At Lathrop, birds are carrying it into our woods, where it is crowding out native plants without providing as richly for our wildlife as native plants do, and costing Continue reading Reports from the Front Lines


Saving our Lovely Woods on the North Campus

by Barbara Walvoord

This is a woods when invasive glossy buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) takes over.

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It suppresses the growth of tree seedlings, so threatens the life of the forest . Its berries give birds diarrhea, so they excrete the seeds with a nice plot of fertilizer (very clever of the buckthorn), but the diarrhea weakens birds just as they prepare for migration. http://www.landscapeguys.com/minnesota-buckthorn.htm).

The photo at the top is Peter Vantini, of Polatin Ecological Services, removing glossy buckthorn from the woods on the north campus this past week. This work was supported in part with funds voted by the Northampton campus Residents’ Association, by Lathrop Community Fund drive this past spring, and by parts of two other grants. Continue reading Saving our Lovely Woods on the North Campus