Rhodes College Students Return to Lovitt Woods to Clear Privet


On Oct. 4 and 5, Rhodes College environmental science students, led by Dr. Graham Tuttle, returned to Lovitt Woods with Conservancy staff to clear a large area of invasive privet, having seen for themselves the negative effects of privet on biodiversity.  Back in Sept., the same students had conducted a plot study to determine whether or not the diversity of small woody plants was greater in privet-free areas than in areas covered in privet.  They found a clear correlation between the presence of large privet shrubs and a decrease in the number and diversity of other plant species.  During their time at Lovitt Woods, they were able to open up more of the forest floor to sunlight so that native trees and plants can flourish. We thank them for their hard work!

Posted by Cathy Justis at 1:45 PM