Brown, Richardson & Rowe, the lead designers for all the new updates and current construction happening along the Northern Strand Trail, have asked us to let people know important answers to common questions asked regarding the methods used removing invasive vegetation, which will begin soon.
Yes, the parameters of this work have been reviewed and are consistent with all environmental permits received by the project.
There are a variety of herbicides that are being applied and their selection depends upon the species being eradicated and the location in which the species is being treated. The applicators are licensed for work within land and water/marsh.
It is not advisable to touch or directly inhale any of the herbicides being applied as they are being sprayed. Likewise it is not advisable for pets or humans to ingest plant material that has been freshly sprayed with herbicide. The public should be advised to avoid freshly sprayed plants and remain on the trail in areas where application has occurred.
Invasive plant species grow as monocultures and need to be removed as their presence prohibits other native species from living and growing in environmentally sensitive areas. Native species provide greater diversification and promote a more sustainable and healthier ecological environment.
Yes, this first application is one of several treatments that may occur over the course of the next two years of construction.
Depending upon the location, we will be seeding and planting a variety of native grass, wildflower and shrub species that are selected to thrive in each location.