Invasive Species Management Plan
Weeding Out Invasives: A Plan to Restore Biodiversity
The Plan is complete. Read or download sections below.
Caring for Your Streamside Property -
An informative brochure with pictures
and descriptions of common invasive plants
and native plants to use in their place.
Download a copy,
or send your name and address to
Put "Streamside brochure" in the subject line.
About the Project:
- Read the Report on Phase I of the project
Invasive, non-native plants crowd out the native plants that indigenous creatures rely on for food, breeding and nesting, shelter, shade and more. Some invasives are quite beautiful – but they throw nature's balance out of kilter. Local streams have been particularly hard hit.The invaders, including Japanese Knotweed, multiflora rose, barberry and Purple Loosestrife, move quickly and can completely dominate a stream within just a few seasons.
The Brodhead Watershed Association has been awarded grants totaling $60,000 to develop a plan to control invasive plant species in the Brodhead and Cherry Creek watersheds. The grant was awarded by the Community Conservation Partnerships Program of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
In addition to the $60,000 grants, local match funding of $74,250 came from professional services donated by Dr. Jerilyn Jewett-Smith, director of the East Stroudsburg University Environmental Studies program; Dr. Shixiong Hu; Monroe County Conservation District, Planning Commission, Master Gardeners; John Serrao from Skytop; Carol Hillestad; Stream Manager James Hartzler; and Program Manager Edith Stevens. Another $18,400 match came from donated volunteer services.
The project had three phases: data collection; field inventorying and education followed by mapping, analysis and prioritization; and finally, development of the management plan. Assistance was offered to landowners, public officials, and conservation groups. Demonstration projects were also undertaken,
In the first year of the project, riparian areas along the 15 mile Cherry Creek and the 12 mile lower Brodhead were surveyed. The Buck Hill Falls area was also surveyed. Property owners in the 21 square mile Cherry Valley and the 28.2 square mile lower Brodhead were contacted and offered the services of Master Gardeners to survey their property. In the following years all other streams in the watershed were walked, and density of invasive plants recorded.
GIS maps of the watershed showing infested areas were developed by Dr. Hu and his students.
A second $22,200 grant was awarded the BWA to complete the mapping of invasive plants in the Marshalls Creek corridor. and to complete the Management Plan.