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What’s That Weed?

Non-native: English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Description: English laurel–aka cherry laurel or common laurel–is, confusingly, neither English nor a laurel, but a species of cherry native to the area around the Black Sea. (The “laurel” epithet derives from a passing similarity–in foliage and growth habit–to bay laurel [Laurus nobilis]. It is, in fact, considered a nuisance […]

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What’s That Weed?

Exotic species:  Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) Characteristics:  Milk thistle is a sparsely-branched, biennial thistle, growing up to 6 ft. (2 m) tall. The alternate, deeply-lobed leaves may reach 20 in. (50 cm) in length and 10 in. (25 cm) in width, and feature a distinctive white marbling pattern and spiny edges.  The plant may overwinter […]

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What’s That Weed?

Introduced species:  English hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Characteristics:  English (or common) hawthorn is a broadly spreading shrub or small tree, typically up to 6 m (20’) tall, with a dense crown. The bark is pale gray or dull brown, and may have vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns, 1 to 1.5cm long. The […]

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Farewell, Drew!

Drew Donahue was our AmeriCorps member and served as Outreach and Riparian Specialist from September 2019 to July 2020. Thank you Drew for all you brought to the Council! Covid may have set us back from all the plans we made in the beginning of the year but you took charge and led us to the NEXT […]

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