We write to you today with an urgent concern: we are experiencing on our farm an infestation of non-native, invasive Oriental Bittersweet vines which seems to be originating in Wawayanda State Park. The vines smother native plants and uproot trees due to their weight; they are taking over our pastures as well.
Like many of our Warwick friends and neighbors, we depend on the viability of our farm. In order to help protect our community’s farms, we encourage your readers to take advantage of the resources available for farmers and homeowners alike to identify, control, and remove invasive Oriental Bittersweet vines. While researching the subject, we found that the invasive vines spread very quickly, especially in woodlands and property that borders on wooded areas.
As a farming community, we must all be aware and do what we can to protect our farms from potential destruction. While the vines are rather difficult to control and remove (as we have been experiencing), the benefits of doing so far outweigh the costs.
We thank you for your attention to this pressing issue.
BOB & BETTY FLETCHER, IRON MOUNTAIN FARM