Beginning the week of November 29, Parks and Recreation crews will continue a multi-year project to remove non-native Norway maple trees and restore native riparian trees and shrubs in Greenough Park. Parks crews will plant native vegetation next spring to replace the maples. Efforts to restore native plants and return Greenough Park to its original natural character have been ongoing since the 1990s.
Mature maples create a closed canopy that shades out native riparian trees and shrubs, reducing species diversity and impacting wildlife habitat. Over the last several years, Parks and Recreation has significantly reduced Norway maple stands and reestablished native riparian vegetation throughout the park.
The 2021 project area is limited to about ½-acre to reduce visual impacts to neighbors (see map), with the remainder to be treated in future years.
Parks and Recreation's operating budget is funding the project, and crews will conclude the work in two to three weeks. Please contact Conservation Lands Manager Jeff Gicklhorn at 552-6691 or via email for more information.