Removing invasive species sometimes can seem like hard, monotonous work until you see the significant impact your work can have on a landscape and an ecosystem. In the following piece, Josh describes the process of removing multiflora rose.
On Saturday, November 9th we worked with volunteers from organizations in this area, including Boston Arts Academy, Arabs for Altruism, Temple University Alumni, and students from Boston University and Wheelock College as well as other independent groups. Together we removed multi flora rose (Rosa multiflora), near Ward’s Pond in Olmsted Park. Some people know it as wild rose; it is an invasive plant native to East Asia. From a quick glance you probably wouldn’t be aware of its prevalence in the forest because it blends in with the scenery.
The volunteers were all very hard workers and, equally, helpful. I found an old multiflora rose plant. It was big and expansive and entangled itself into the branches of the tree it grew next to. After almost an hour of trying to remove the old multiflora, we cut the roots so we could finally remove it from the ground. After removing all of the leftover vines I could finally see the pond. This made me realize just what this pond use to look like before the multiflora and before the invasive species took over the area surrounding the pond.