Program Overview and Responsibilities

Overview
The PRLC’s Native Plant Protector Program is intended to provide local residents with an opportunity to productively engage with a nearby preserve while helping the PRLC manage its habitat. Native Plant Protectors remove invasive plants from a portion of a PRLC preserve, which they are assigned. After an initial orientation and training walk of their assigned preserve, Native Plant Protectors work independently.

The role of the PRLC Native Plant Protector
Native Plant Protectors are assigned specific sections of PRLC preserves on which they carry out invasive plant removal. These sections have been strategically chosen to inhibit the spread of invasive plants and produce a large effect relative to time spent on removal. The Native Plant Protector can expect to make a real ecological difference on a PRLC preserve, while getting outside and exercising. The PRLC wants each Native Plant Protector to feel successful and positive about their progress against the spread of invasive plants. The PRLC does not expect its Native Plant Protectors to perform large physical feats, place themselves while working on a preserve or tackle large projects without oversight from our staff Land Steward.

Common Native Plant Protector tasks include:
• Identifying troublesome bittersweet vines and cutting them.
• Killing Japanese stilt grass by one of the following methods: weed whacking, mowing or pulling.
• Removing Japanese barberry and wineberry by one of the following methods: cutting, pulling or weed whacking.
• Pulling mile-a-minute vine.

Tools of the Native Plant Protector
The Native Plant Protector’s work is comprised of small physical tasks on and off the trail. To successfully fulfill these tasks small tools such as pruning shears, loppers, bow saw, and work gloves will be needed. It is expected that the Native Plant Protector will supply their own tools as the PRLC does not make these tools available.

General information:
The PRLC’s Land Steward will coordinate large cleanup and building projects at the preserves and, if applicable, will collaborate with the preserve’s local Native Plant Protector. The Native Plant Protector Program is intended to be flexible and can be modified to meet individual’s hiking schedules.

Please contact the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy with any questions about the Native Plant Protector Program or issues that arise with your assigned preserve. Contact information: landsteward.educator@prlc.net or call the Armstrong Education Center at (914) 205-3533.