Milt Frye Restoration

Our long term goal is to restore the variety of habitats in the Milt Frye Nature Area adjacent to the Marion Cross School in order to improve the health of the nature area and to provide examples of the biodiversity of native plants in those habitats for the school nature programs.

Our first target area is the woodland edge along the meadow and orchard. This area was very badly overgrown with non-native, invasive burning bush and buckthorn. In past years these shrubs were cut but have started to regrow. Getting rid of them and replacing them with native plants will restore an edge habitat and provide food and shelter resources for birds, insects, and other animals.

We have begun regular invasive weed pulls with the goal of removing the invasives altogether, not just cutting them, so that they can be eliminated. Please join us in this effort. Weed pull dates will be posted on the listserve and on the events page of this website.

The Conservation Commission has obtained a generous grant from the Norwich Women’s Club to purchase deer fencing and native plants to install once all the invasives are removed. The emphasis is on plants indigenous to Windsor County, that form a typical forest edge community and that support a wide range of wildlife and pollinators. These plants will need to be protected from deer browse as they get established. Planting will take place primarily in the Spring of 2021.

The following are some of the plants we are considering. The final selection will depend on plant availability at the various nurseries for the 2021 season:

Trees

Shrubs

Grasses

Wildflowers

Photos

Upcoming Events

  1. Milt Frye Habitat Restoration

    Jun 20th, 2021 from 3–5p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye Nature Area as we continue working to restore the native meadow habitat. More detail

Past Events

  1. Milt Frye Habitat Restoration

    Jun 6th, 2021 from 1–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye Nature Area as we continue working to restore the native meadow habitat. More detail

  2. Milt Frye Work Day

    Oct 25th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. You are also welcome to come anytime between 12 and 4. We will be working right where the path meets the meadow at the bottom of the hill. More detail

  3. Milt Frye Work Day

    Oct 18th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. You are also welcome to come anytime between 12 and 4. We will be working right where the path meets the meadow at the bottom of the hill. More detail

  4. Milt Frye Work Day

    Oct 11th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  5. Milt Frye Work Day

    Oct 4th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  6. Milt Frye Work Day

    Sep 26th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  7. Milt Frye Work Day

    Sep 20th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    Please join us at the Milt Frye meadow to pull invasives. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  8. Milt Frye Work Day

    Sep 12th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, water existing plants, and plant more along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  9. Milt Frye Work Day

    Sep 6th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, water existing plants, and plant more along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  10. Milt Frye Work Day

    Aug 30th, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, water existing plants, and plant more along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  11. Milt Frye Work Day

    Aug 22nd, 2020 from 12–2p and 2–4p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, water existing plants, and plant more along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. There will be two work sessions to choose from. One from 12–2p and the other from 2–4p. More detail

  12. Milt Frye Work Day

    Aug 16th, 2020 from 9a–2p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, and plant more native plants along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. Join us at any time between 9a and 2p and stay as long as you can. More detail

  13. Milt Frye Work Day

    Aug 1st, 2020 from 9a–2p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, and plant more native plants along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. Join us at any time between 9a and 2p and stay as long as you can. More detail

  14. Milt Frye Work Day

    Jul 26th, 2020 from 9a–2p

    We'll be continuing our work to clear invasives, erect fencing, and plant more native plants along the edge of the meadow along Milt Frye. Join us at any time between 9a and 2p and stay as long as you can. More detail

  15. Milt Frye Work Day

    Jul 12th, 2020 from 9a–2p

    Our first workday at Milt Frye. We're planning to so some initial clearing of invasives, erect some fencing, and start planting native plants along the edge habitat. Join us at any time between 9a and 2p and stay as long as you can. More detail