Southboro Open Land Foundation

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Invasive Species: A Video by Carla Schwartz

Published on January 17, 2019 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation recently received a link to a video prepared by Carla Schwartz.  Here is what Carla told us about this video. “I have participated in Art on the Trails as a poet for the last two years, and my poems have appeared in the chapbooks produced for those events, as well as on the website. In doing the poetry walks, I have noticed the many invasives in the Beals Preserve, such as Japanese Barberry and bittersweet, and multiflora rose, garlic mustard, and buckthorn (as well as poison ivy). I have pointed these out to the SOLF folks on the poetry walks and we started discussions of these.
During the 2018 Art on the Trails poetry walk, I spoke with the T with the wife of the president of  SOLF and I mentioned that I had been working on this video on invasive plants of New England.  She said her husband would be very interested in that and that I should forward the link when I had the video done.
About the video:
I started this footage in 2014 in Carlisle, MA, since John Bakewell, a local arborist, had started an educational invasive plant gallery there. I went around and highlighted the invasives in the gallery, both through discussion with him, and then by reading the printed materials in the gallery. As I worked on the film I gathered photos and footage from other locations and seasons, as was necessary. I also  realized that some of the gallery’s printed material was not well-written so I voiced over much of that to make it a bit more concise and interesting. When I completed the film, I uploaded it to my CB99videos youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/CB99Videos/subscribe, which includes several environmental documentaries such as ones about going solar, installing electric car charging stations, and driving electric cars.”
Thank you for sharing this with us Carla.