The goal of removing invasives and planting natives is to create healthy habitat along the trail. Because the soil, drainage, and amount of sun vary by location on the trail, this doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere we work. In general, however, we aim to create healthy, self-sustaining habitats that are attractive to native plants, insects, birds and other animals, and—of course—humans.
Above, an adult monarch butterfly rests on Butterfly Weed along the trail. Butterfly Weed is a type of Milkweed—the only host plant for monarch caterpillars. We are doing our part to help this iconic species.