Maintaining Early Successional Habitat Diversity at Worlds End
J. Andrew Walsh
The Bradley Estate
The Trustees of Reservations
Delivered at 2003 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
In 2002, The Trustees of Reservations completed a Management Plan that identified specific conservation goals and significant threats to the grasslands at Worlds End. The primary management goal for grassland management at Worlds End is maintaining a grassland/early successional mosaic that supports a diversity of species that depend on these habitats. Grassland wildlife, including nesting birds and butterflies, native grassland patches, rare species, and plant diversity are among the most important conservation targets. Plant community succession, invasive exotic plants, and recreational use currently pose the most significant threats to these ecological attributes. A grassland management plan completed in 2003 defines a management strategy to protect critical ecological resources and mitigate the primary threats to grasslands at Worlds End.
Did You Know?
Worlds End was a proposed site for the United Nations Headquarters in 1945 and a nuclear power plant in 1965. Now part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, it includes 251 acres of undisturbed grasslands and over 4 miles of footpaths.