Throughout its nearly 50-year histry, ChicoryLane Farm has evolved through a series of specific undertakings. These have included transitioning from traditional agriculture, to placing the entiire fram in a conservation eassement, to contracting with the USDA's Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) to create a 16-acre native grassland and a 13-acre native hardwood forest, encouraging an emergent woodland in a repurposed marginal pasture, to managing several exisiting wetlands as well as creating new ones. All of these areas require on-going maintenance and the occasional project-level sweep to address a particular invasive or other problem.

We dare not let our guard down, but these large scale efforts have now enabled us to shift some of our attention to smaller, more focussed efforts. We are trying to put flesh on the bones of the idea of Ecological Enahncement. In doing so, we hope to open up new dimensions and new insights into ChicoryLane's extraordinary ecological richness and further potential.

Ecological Enhancement Projects

These projects within ChicoryLane are focused on specific areas on a scale of one to sevral acres, appropriate for individual landowner engagement. The goal is to improve the ecological quality of  the particular area. This is done by addressing a need or opportunity, identifying natural features and native plant species found in the area, and then increase or decrease their numbers as deemed appropriate. New compatible species may also be introduced. The rule of thumb, though, is to rcognize the elements within an area, make changes for specific reasons, balanced against preserving what is already present.

June, 2022