Invasive Plant Removal on an Iconic Maine Trail

Published: Aug 8, 2017

Pod-Picking Day at Ogunquit's Marginal Way brings volunteers of all ages together to remove invasive black swallow-wort. Saturday, August 19, 2017 marks the 6th Annual invasive plant pulling event. From 8 to 11 a.m., volunteers will spread out along the beautiful Marginal Way to collect the seed pods of black swallow-wort to contain the spread of this rampantly aggressive vine. Each swallow-wort (in the Milkweed family) produces hundreds of seed from pods and the seeds are dispersed on the wind just like milkweeds. Swallowwort not only takes over the landscape, but impacts the Monarch butterfly because it is fatal to Monarch larvae. No experience is necessary - volunteers work in teams led by experienced 'captains' to help you recognize the plant. The Town of Ogunquit Marginal Way Committee organizes the event and provides beverages and snacks. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and do something good for the environment around the Seacoast region of Maine and New Hampshire!


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"This is one of the most beautiful places in the world," says volunteer Tim Rooney. "To have public land right on the beach is so special on the East Coast, and it would be such a shame to see it overrun by these plants. My wife Lauren brings me every year - and I'm always glad I came." Find out more about Pod-Picking Day in this feature story from 2015. Joan Griswold, lead organizer of the annual event, wrote about this inspiring event and even included helpful tips for any volunteer workday! Read more...