The Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee has been conducting research on some of the more common and problematic invasive plant species in the upper Westfield River watershed. These include:
The working group is tracking the spread of and assessing the effectiveness of a range of management strategies for different invasive plants in a scientific manner.
- Surveying and mapping invasive plant patches along designated Wild and Scenic river segments.
- Initiating public work days that engage community members in pulling invasives from a site. These larger scale efforts are especially effective along smaller tributary streams.
- Working with willing landowners on site-specific management plans.
- Establishing research plots where summer interns test different treatment methods are used on knotweed and their efficacy carefully monitored.