Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 7, 2013

Restoring the grasslands

Trustees cut 15 acres of trees to replenish meadow landscape


“We are looking to retain viable patches of landscape,” he said. “This will be a meadow that will be mowed once a year.”

The project was funded through a $9,000 state grant from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It was used to pay a North Shore tree-cutting company, Mayer Tree Service, which then came in, cleared the land, and sold most of the timber for firewood.

The 15-acre field slopes downhill from another, 12-acre meadow on top of a hill behind Kimball’s house. He said management of existing meadows has brought in a huge number of bluebirds, which share territory peacefully with tree sparrows.

The land is also frequented by deer, which can be hunted by certified bow-hunters during certain times of year.

Part of the project was also aimed at controlling invasive species of plants and trees that are choking out native species.

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