Sudbury – “Habitat Restoration of the Desert Natural Area: Strategies and Results” will presented Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Visitor Center of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR), 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. This presentation is co-sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees.
Laura Mattei and Priscilla Ryder present on the long-term habitat restoration work at Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area, a unique habitat that is home to several rare and endangered species. The pitch pine-scrub oak barrens habitat has been dwindling in the northeast, which threatens the plants and wildlife that depend on it. SVT has led the effort which has included a prescribed burn and selective cutting of the forest to rejuvenate the native plant species and restore balance to the conditions found here.
The Desert Natural Area includes 900 acres south of Hudson Road, 300 of which belongs to the ARNWR. The other lands are owned by DCR, City of Marlborough, SVT, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts and Town of Sudbury.
Mattei will also be leading a walk in the Desert Natural Area Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, visit http://www.farnwr.org.