TLC’s Wolf Oak Woods: More than Oak Trees
You have read about the 300-plus year-old Wolf Oak tree, the high-quality oak savanna, and the work volunteers have done to clear the buckthorn and free the oaks.
The black-eyed susans at Wolf Oak Woods are a source of nectar for butterflies and bees.
But you may not know the story of the site’s 10-acre remnant sedge meadow—a wet area of sedges, ferns and wildflowers. Restoration has already begun, with TLC working to reduce invasive phragmites and reed canary grass and adding the seeds of high-quality native species.
We’ve also embarked on a prairie restoration where a three-acre fallow field existed. Between Route 120 and the Wolf Oak once lay a field dominated by non-native brome grass, which was of little use to our native pollinators. The field was prepared for seeding, and during the winter of 2017 staff and volunteers hand-broadcasted a short-statured prairie mix featuring over 50 species of native grasses, wildflowers and low-growing shrubs. By the summer of 2018 the field was a sunny carpet of black-eyed susans, creating an important nectar source for butterflies and bees.We encourage you to see the diverse habitats of Wolf Oak Woods for yourself. at our Howl at the Wolf Oak event September 21.