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FSU Takes On Invasive Species

Students from Fitchburg State University participated in an invasive species removal lab exercise on the Wekepeke Brook on Friday July 19th. Led by Dr. Erin Rehrig, the students learned to identify some of the common invasive plants in Massachusetts and worked to remove them from a section of Trout Unlimited Embrace A Stream Restoration site in Sterling. A great deal of muliflora rose and Japanese barberry was identified and removed along with small amounts of other species. 

Invasive plants can out compete native flora and take over the forest floor. Their overabundance can lead to increased erosion, changes in food availability for animals and have even been associated with increases in the population of deer and dog tics.

The students were also able to identify native species that will benefit from the removal program. The lab was part of a collaboration between Trout Unlimited and Fitchburg State University facilitated by the Wekepeke Watershed Restoration Initiative. The Trout Unlimited project will remove concrete retaining walls and stone piles that restrict a small portion of the brook. After the stones are removed, Trout Unlimited will once again work with Fitchburg State to restore the river banks by planting native grasses and shrubs. A second group of students will complete the invasive plant removal this week.

 

 

Wekepeke Watershed Animal Signs in Springtime Walk

The Wekepeke Watershed Restoration Initiative partnered with the Nashua River Watershed Association to hold a free community event on Saturday April 13th. Special thanks is reserved for NRWA River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat for leading the walk and sharing her knowledge on animal tracks, sign and behaviors. The group assembled that morning at the gated entrance to the Town of Clinton’s Wekepeke conservation area off of Heywood Road. The group progressed down the old water works access road and learned a little about the history of the land, its past uses and the structures that still remain scattered throughout the woods.

Trout Unlimited Anounces 2013 Awards

The Wekepeke Watershed Restoration Initiative is the proud recipient of a 2013 Trout Unlimited Embrace-A-Stream Grant. TU awarded $115,000 to projects in 16 states as part of this years program. Our award was the only one in Massachusetts and one of five in all of New England. We are very excited to partner with Trout Unlimited to help restore habitat within the Wekepeke Watershed. More information and a detailed project page will be created soon to share the details and record our progress on the project!

WWRI has a Logo

A special thank you to Diane the wife of committee member Peder Pedersen for coming up with this great logo for the group. Its a great design, combining both water and land themes in a creative way. I hope you all enjoy it as well.

Welcome to the WWRI Website

We are very excited to launch the Wekepeke Watershed Restoration Initiative website. Today, we are just getting started and will continue to add content, so give us some time. We hope that the site will become a valuable resource for information about the Wekepeke Brook, our organization's efforts and a good way to find activities that are going on throughout the watershed. Thanks for stopping by, we hope to see you out by the brook someday soon!

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