The Red Maple Swamp that makes up much of Cold Spring Park is threatened by an expanding understory of invasive exotic glossy buckthorn, which shades the understory so much that the red maples and oaks in this forested area cannot successfully reseed themselves.
Armed with seed pods that look like chili peppers, shiny green leaves that come in pairs, purple star-shaped flowers, and grappling spaghetti-like roots, this invasive non-native vine threatens monarch butterflies and songbirds and displaces native plant communities vital to insects,
Many of us participate in garlic mustard pulls at Cold Spring Park and read about the Audubon survey of the invasive plants in Nahanton Park,
The City of Newton is under attack from alien invaders. They have come from far away and are taking over our back yards, parks, and conservation areas. Slowly and quietly they are creeping into our public open spaces,