WEST CAPE MAY - Mayor Pam Kaithern announced The Borough of West Cape May has received notification from Suzanne Treyger, Stewardship Project Coordinator for the New Jersey Audubon Society of continuation of Invasive plant control underway on private property along Elmira Street near Cape Island Creek. This project is now in its second year of controlling kudzu, porcelain berry, and Japanese knotweed using an integrated vegetation management strategy over several years. This involves chemical, mechanical, and manual control methods to effectively control these invasive plants. When progress is observed in the next year or two, NJ Audubon plans to recruit volunteers to help plant native trees, shrubs, and grasses where the invasive plants once were. This is a long-term habitat restoration project and annual monitoring will be necessary to detect new invasive plant growth once the larger control treatments are completed. Currently, NJ Audubon is monitoring this restoration site, but we plan to coordinate volunteers to monitor the area in the near future.
Please be aware that US Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, a partner on this project, will mow kudzu, Japanese knotweed, and porcelain berry on Elmira Street on July 31, weather pending.