Photos by David R Levitt
November 4, 2006
Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol Project

The Cambridge Water Department and Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation are collaborating on a project using beetles to control the growth of purple loosestrife on the Reservation. After the introductory talk, top photo, led by Hannah Wilbur (seated with white sleeves) of the CWD and Elizabeth Wylde (standing) from the Friends group, volunteers visited a wetland near Little Fresh Pond where they recorded loosestrife density and growth in test plots. This data will be used as a baseline for future surveys after beetles are released in the area.