Final Loosestrife Report
The Town of North Reading, Massachusetts, the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee, and Merrimack College have partnered in many projects to improve Martins Pond and the watershed. Martins Pond is a roughly 100 acre pond 20 miles North of Boston.
One of our collaborations has been the raising and release of Galerucella beetles to combat the invasive species commonly known as Purple Loosestrife starting in 2002. This was done under the direction and authority of the State of Massachusetts Wetland Restoration Program http://www.mass.gov/czm/wrp/projects_pages/loosestrife.htm and beetles are purchased through the USDA.
We are very pleased to add Dr. Jon Lyon’s final report on the success of this project to our website. Beetles have been established in the area, and no further local release expected.
Funding was provided by Merrimack College, Martins Pond Association, Town of North Reading, Massachusetts DEP,Lakes & Ponds program, and the Grassroots Environmental Fund over the years. The project was not particularly expensive, but required many hours of volunteer time, particularly by Dr. Lyon and his students who raised beetles at their greenhouse at the college to multiply our investment before release.
Thanks to Dr. Lyon, Merrimack College student volunteers, and the many North Reading volunteers, the Town and all the organizations involved for funding or supporting this worthwhile project.
This report will be posted on our website under environment/reports. We encourage you to forward to any other group or area looking to start a program or looking for some good news.
Happy New Year!
Janet Nicosia, Co-Chair
Martins Pond Association
Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee