Do you live on the Winnicut River, or one of its brooks or streams? Would you like to learn how to have a "better backyard," or be a steward for wildlife? Do you enjoy birding, kayaking, or trail walking? Have you got Invasive Plant Problems? Would you like to learn more about the Winnicut River and its wildlife diversity, from its treefrogs and trout lilies, to its black bears and white cedars? If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above, we need YOU. The WRWC is working hard to develop a Better Backyard campaign which promises to be a rewarding program for land/homeowners interested in protecting the integrity of the Winnicut River, its streams and brooks, and ultimately Great Bay, and the wildlife that lives and breeds here. E-mail us today to learn more at

Monday, July 30, 2012

Invasive Plant 'Pull' on Weeks Conservation Land

The WRWC coordinated an invasive plant pull for the Weeks Brick House & Gardens (WBHG) on July 21st, made entirely possible by the volunteerism of Boy Scout Troop 158 and WBGH member Steve Pike. 

With 30+ acres of land conserved for public enjoyment, every individual pull leads towards a healthier and more diverse "little piece of heaven in Greenland."  Interested in contributing to this effort?  Join the WBHG for the next 'pull' on September 8th at 9AM by contacting the WRWC at

The Crew:  Many thanks to this hardworking crew!  From left to right: Joseph Riggle, Adrian Whitford, Rick Mauer, Andrew Fogarty, Will Mauer, Chris Riggle, Brian Fogarty, Debbie Fogarty, and Steve Pike.  Photos by WBHG member Amanda Nelson.

The Tool: 'Weed Wrenches' are on loan through the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for any and all to use, whether neighborhood association, non-profit, Conservation Commission, or individual!

Adrian and Andrew about to rip out some invasive glossy buckthorn!

The arrow is pointing to a stem of buckthorn clamped bewteen the wrench's teeth.  A little body weight on the lever, and out come the roots! 
Scouts Joseph, Will, Adrian and Andrew clearing invasive glossy buckthorn from conservation land.  

Chris Riggle joins in...

Nothing wrong with a little additional human effort!!

Steve Pike in camouflage....

Now that's a root ball!
Thanks everyone -- your help made a difference!