Native Restoration


River Walk is upheld as a prototype for using native plants to reclaim dramatically altered banks of the Housatonic, and our success is clear to the naked eye.

Native Plant Monitoring & Compost Tea 2006-2009

Between 2006 and 2009, we took a step further by measuring and monitoring our planting efforts. Biologist Suzanne Fowle and environmental scientist Dr. Don Roeder directed a study to monitor the growth and success of four species of native plants: woodland sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus); agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala); spicebush (Lindera benzoin); and maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). This provided hard data with which to report and assess our progress and helped guide our decisions about future planting schemes.

Aerobically brewed non-toxic compost tea a coldwater extract of compost. It is tested to assess the quality and quantity of its microorganisms, then applied to the soil to assist plant growth. To our knowledge, River Walk is the only site in Massachusetts that has tested compost tea in steep riparian conditions.

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