Trails under the microscope


Local News

September 30, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Rachel Stone, biology instructor at Allen Community College, learns about the Lehigh Prairie from Randy Rasa, who removed cedar trees from the area so native grasses could flourish.

Red cedars are the cockroaches of the tree community. They?ll grow anywhere.

That was the conclusion of Rachel Stone, new biology instructor at Allen Community College, who attended a nature walk Sunday afternoon on the LeHigh Portland Trails. 

Red cedars, along with two types of honeysuckle, are the most invasive species in the area and provide a constant battle for those who develop and maintain the trail system. Invasive trees, plants and grasses grow quickly and choke out native plants, leaving less diversity in the ecosystem.

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