Restoring Native Ecosystems through Natural Resources Management

PatuxentRiverBurnAs our natural resources face threats by humans, climate change, and invasive species, Marstel-Day works to lessen the impact and help to restore native ecosystems and their natural disturbance regimes. We use natural resources management techniques, such as prescribed fire, thereby increasing ecosystem biodiversity and resiliency. This method reduces overcrowding for trees inundated by underbrush, provides for the return of native species, and reduces the accumulation of flammable fuels. We recently participated in two prescribed burns (50+ acres) that helped protect native species (quail and grassland songbirds), controlled invasive plant species, and improved visibility for an airfield runway.

In addition to prescribed burns, Marstel-Day and our partners also restore native habitats by controlling invasive plant species that, according to Executive Order 13112, cause or could likely cause harm to human, economic, or environmental health. Invasive plant species have the ability to out-compete native species as they reproduce quickly, thrive in harsh or disturbed environments, and have few natural predators or disease. For example, we recently treated approximately 50 acres for four Federal sites and began an invasive plant survey at another. Treatment methods to control invasive plant species (e.g. Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, porcelain-berry, lespedeza, and tree-of-heaven) include backpack/foliar spray, cut and treat, and native plant restoration. We work with our clients to recommend and execute long-term management strategies since effective control or elimination of invasive species can take years of continued management efforts.

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