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Bowman’s Hill Preserve begins to regenerate destroyed property

On the afternoon of July 25th, 2016, a microburst – one of nature’s most dangerous windstorms – hit the Preserve and felled more than two dozen mature forest trees at the corner of River Road and Aquetong Road, property that is part of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, located at 1635 River Road, New Hope.

Immediately, Preserve staff and volunteers began the monumental task of clearing damaged trees and beginning to formulate a visionary plan to regenerate the destroyed woodland with a colorful new meadow of plants – called Aquetong Meadow – populated by dozens of pollinator-friendly native plant species.

To this end, the Preserve must carefully and efficiently remove a host of non-native, invasive species in this meadow area. In consultation with certified plant care experts and landscape architects, the Preserve has implemented a targeted invasive plant removal strategy utilizing select herbicides. This approach helps to prepare the area so that new, native plantings will thrive.

It will also allow the Preserve to continue its mission of serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship. Learn more about the Aquetong Meadow project at https://bhwp.org/explore/special-habitat-areas/aquetong-meadow/, or call Jessica Federman, Communications Coordinator, at 215.862.2924 ext. 113.