Student-Grown Natives to Replace Invasive Plants

     During the final weeks of last summer, aquatic invasive species coordinator Michele Sadauskas marked off plants to be harvested by local fourth graders. Bog goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa), blue flag iris (Iris versicolor), and American bur-reed (Sparganium americanum) were among those to receive ribbons, and soon after they were harvested by a group of eager 4th grade students. With over 50 pots sown and placed in the school seed frame, the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department will work with multiple groups this summer to remove AIS and replace the invasives with student-grown native species.