Approximately ten acres of overgrown autumn olive and multiflora rose along Mount Pleasant Road in the Columbia Wildlife Management Area were mowed during the summer of 2020. This required a major effort in removing the non-native vegetation.
Herbicide was applied to the fields in August to prevent the mile-a-minute vine, the autumn olive and the multiflora rose from becoming re-established. A mix of pollinator native flowering plant seeds and warm season grasses, including little blue stem, will be planted during the 2020-21 winter. These plants will provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including insects, birds and small mammals.
Visitors can expect to see a nice field of grasses and flowers in the spring of 2021.
Columbia WMA Map (pdf, 790kb)