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Kingswood: Invasive Plant Removal (Phase II)
Deerfield Township continues to target the removal of invasive Callery Pear trees and Honeysuckle on Kingswood North.
What is the project timeline?
- The project was approved by the Board of Trustees at the February 2, 2021 Trustee Meeting.
- Invasive plant removal is set to be done periodically from March to November 2021.
Where exactly will this project take place?
- Target areas are on the north side of Kingswood (The park is cut into north and south by Innovation Way. The north side of park has the large pond and the south side of park has a parking lot and Community Pavilion.)
- The project includes maintenance of areas cleared in 2020 as well as new removal in additional sections.
How is the project funded?
- This project is being funded through the Deerfield Township Park Levy.
Why Remove Invasive Callery Pear and Honeysuckle?
- Pear and Honeysuckle are quickly taking over the wooded areas of Kingswood North.
- If not controlled, these invasive plants will cause environmental and economic harm to an ecosystem.
- Invasive species spread rapidly and quickly shade-out the healthy variety of wildflowers, grasses, and trees. Eventually, an ecosystem is dominated with invasive species. Left with nowhere to live, the bees, butterflies, birds, and other critters move away.
- By removing these two species, the Kingswood ecosystem will begin to function as it once did, naturally. There will be room once again for local wildflowers, grasses, and trees to spread and thrive.
How will plants and trees be removed?
- Honeysuckle shrubs and Callery Pear trees will be cut, chipped, and removed from property without removing understory plants.
Want to get involved? Volunteer!
- Volunteers are being coordinated by the Ohio River Foundation. Opportunities available in spring and fall.
- For more information or to register, email Jessica Tegge at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (513)289-6884.
- Volunteers will be hand sawing/trimming small invasive woody plants and dragging them to the chipper area.
- Volunteers should be prepared for the weather in durable, layered clothing; wear long pants and long sleeves, hat, sunglasses, work gloves and protective eyewear (if you have them).
- Sturdy , close-toed shoes are required. Suggested: facemask and refillable water bottle—there will be a water fountain/bottle refill station within walking distance for volunteers.