ACRES will soon purchase a forestry mulcher, pictured above, to “chew” or shred through dense patches of nonnative invasive shrubs and brush, instead of using hand tools to tackle these sometimes overwhelming jobs.
How overwhelming? Watch this video to see a forestry mulcher in action, “eating” dense patches of overgrown Autumn Olive amid a tree planting on the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve. At times, the skid steer seems lost in the brush – until it emerges, victorious.
Watch to the end of the short video series to see the results: rows between the tree planting are clear enough for volunteers to jump into action, cutting the brush back in the tighter spaces between trees.