Our Land Stewardship team has been busy this year! Our team is responsible for managing over 2,000 acres of protected open space throughout the Willowsford community which includes over 40 miles of trails. From adding new infrastructure (like the obstacle course in the greens!) to working on land restoration projects, they’ve accomplished a lot in 2023. To learn more about our team and what they do, scroll through the images below!
In addition to new projects, the land stewardship team has also been updating some of our established structures and trails with some much needed TLC! This year alone, the team has laid over 100 tons of stone on our trail system!
Next time you’re taking a walk or driving through The Greens village, stop at the trailhead and check out the new obstacle course! It’s fun for all ages, and a great source of exercise for not only the kids but the parents too.
New Pedestrian Bridge
Our Field Operations Manager, Andrew, headed the project of installing a new pedestrian bridge near the beaver dam on Bull Run overlook.
Prescribed Burn at the Wet Meadow
A controlled burn was performed in April to help combat the invasive species, improve wildlife habitat, increase water availability, and make room for native species to grow! Next time you’re at the farmstand, check out all the native plants thriving in the wet meadow!
A special thanks to our Director of Land Stewardship, Taryn, for leading our monthly volunteer days, picking invasives, trail maintenance, and seed collection, In addition to other volunteer programs throughout the summer. Another special thanks to all who have come out to volunteer with us!
Native Plant Sales
Our Assistant Land Stewardship Manager, Sam, began his native plant greenhouse back in January of this year and it has sprouted into a beautiful native forest! Come learn about the benefits of native plants at the farmstand, the schedule of native plant sales is on the Willowsford event calendar on the website.
Invasive Species Management
Our licensed sprayers have been working to combat the invasive species, like lespedeza and arthraxon, in our woods and meadows. Treatment of these species help to promote greater biodiversity, protect our natural ecosystems, and make room for our native plants to thrive.