Non-Native Invasive Species Policy
To properly address non-native invasive species, use the resources available in the already established academic invasives community, and ultimately define the Town role, the Town enacted the following invasives policy:
The Town of Mansfield recognizes that the spread of invasive plants and animals is a serious environmental problem threatening our local natural ecosystems. Therefore, in the Town’s continuing effort to preserve, restore, and protect native plant and animal communities of Mansfield, we establish this policy for invasives control.
- Include the development and implementation of an invasives control plan in Town properties’ land management plans.
- Train staff and volunteers in control methods, and apply to selected sites.
- Educate residents about the invasives problem.
- Work with other groups concerned with invasives control.
Are you concerned about non-native invasive species such as Asiatic bittersweet, burning bush, multiflora rose, autumn olive, Russian olive and others? There are several excellent sources of information available through the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIWPG), Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
If you are interested in working to control non-native invasives in Mansfield’s Parks and Preserves, come to a Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) workday. NAV is sponsored by Friends of Mansfield Parks, NAV is a volunteer corps supervised by Mansfield Parks and Recreation and the Parks Advisory Committee. To register, please go to the catalog or contact 860-429-3015 for more information.