Volunteers began work Oct. 7 on phase one of the James Farm Ecological Preserve Master Plan.

Volunteers began work Oct. 7 on phase one of the James Farm Ecological Preserve Master Plan.

Invasive species and pre-selected trees were removed from the area behind the information kiosk. The removed vegetation was left in piles in the new meadow to create winter shelter for songbirds, turtles and small mammals.

Invasive plants will be controlled, and native hardwoods and pines will be planted in fall 2016 to bring more species diversity to the area. The plan was developed in 2014 with Oasis Design Group to address increased visitation to the preserve.

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