Lake Erie ecosystems: Restoration as the Result of Successful Invasive Species Management
July 10 and 11, 2018
The two-day gathering began at Presque Isle State Park in northwest PA where the group learned about cooperative efforts to address invasive species throughout the Lake Erie basin, toured the unique sand spit of Presque Isle, and discussed the natural communities and management with an in-depth tour of a black oak - savanna restoration project. The group then headed west to Erie Bluffs State Park where they learned about restoration efforts to remove the invasive bush honeysuckle, black locust, and Asian bittersweet have resulted in the return of a similar black oak community. That evening, participants gathered in Mentor, Ohio and share the days experiences over complimentary beverages. The group met the following morning at the Cleveland Museum of Natural Historys Mentor Marsh Natural Area along the Lake Erie shoreline where restoration ecologists shared methods and results of a large-scale marsh restoration that include salt abatement, Phragmites removal, and helicopter seeding of native plants.
Co-hosts: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks
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