In our first newsletter, the Conservancy introduced our ‘Weed Warriors,’ a group of five seasonal staff spending day after day methodically traversing The Preserve to take down invasive weeds. In this edition, we want to showcase the hard work within The Preserve community by featuring four of your ‘Weed Warrior’ neighbors: Anne Cardone, Scot Smythe, Ivan Humphreys and Rich Griffith.
Anne’s Antidote to Thistle
The Preserve is a magical place. You too fell under its enchantment when you decided to make it your home, but maybe you didn’t initially realize the difference between the desirable native flora and the invasive non-native vegetation. When Anne observed the thistles along her driveway, she fondly reminisced of vacations to France. It wasn’t until Conservancy staff identified thistle as an invasive plant that she decided to take action. Anne’s favorite thistle removing tool is a pair of thick leather gloves to protect her hands from the sharp spines. She is always at the ready for thistle removal, keeping gloves and thick contractor bags handy in her studio. Anne continues to seek guidance from the Conservancy to manage and monitor her thistles and looks forward to having the Conservation Grazing team visit her property later this summer.