The Lake George Land Conservancy is hosting a three-day effort to eradicate invasive shrubby honeysuckle from the Cook Mountain Preserve in Ticonderoga, June 7-9, 10 am to 6 pm.
The forest of the Cook Mountain Preserve has become overtaken by invasive shrubby honeysuckle, an aggressive non-native plant that overtakes forest understories, pushing out native plants that are needed to provide food and shelter for wildlife. Their growth is often so dense that no other plants grow beneath its branches, leaving the ground bare.
Volunteers are invited to help cut and pull these aggressive shrubs so that native plants can move back in. No RSVP is required – volunteers may stop by the preserve any day, any time between 10 am and 6 pm and stay as little or as long as they can. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring work gloves and branch clippers, and wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants, and insect repellent to protect against scratches and ticks.
The Cook Mountain Preserve is located on Baldwin Road in Ticonderoga, 1.4 miles from Alexandria Avenue. For more information click here, call (518)644-9673, or email [email protected]
Photos provided: Glens Falls students working to remove invasive shrubby honeysuckle at LGLC’s Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, and below, fruiting honeysuckle .