The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 22, 2001

News

Towle Field mowers show promise (Baaa...)

Jack O'Connor, who has been mowing the Towle Field conservation land for several seasons, attended a planning session with sheep owner Dick Henry in Concord on June 13. "I was impressed," he told the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) the next evening at a meeting in the Gleason Public Library. " There were convincing pictures of the sheeps' work in New Hampshire. When they're done, there's nothing left."

This was reassuring confirmation of the effectiveness of an experimental program in which both the private Carlisle Conservation Foundation and ConsCom are participating. The purpose is to ascertain whether grazing 200 sheep in a field choked with stubborn invasives like poison ivy and buckthorn can be cleared using a centuries-old technique. Towle Field and the Spencer Brook Reservation are the chosen Carlisle test parcels, while the Concord Natural Resources Commission, the Concord Land Conservation Trust and the Minuteman National Park will designate other problem areas.

Work can't start at Towle Field until the resident bobolinks have fledged in late July or early August. A second pass will be scheduled for late fall to nip off any attempted regrowth.


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