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Cove Replanting a Go, Storm or Not

Volunteers with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust will be replanting invasive knotweed and phragmites with native plants Saturday morning at Allin's Cove.

Hurricane Sandy -- if it makes landfall here -- should have little or no impact on the replanting project at Allin's Cove in Barrington on Saturday morning, Oct. 27.

In other words, the effort by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust to replace invasive knotweed and phragmites with native plants during low tide -- 9 to 11 am -- is still a go.

"We're on the upper bank," said Sandra Wyatt, who is organizing the replanting. "They might get inundated, but the plants we're putting in should be okay."

The plants include several cedar trees, rose of Virginia and seaside panicum "a spectacular grass," said Wyatt.

The plants were selected by Wenley Ferguson of Save the Bay, who has been serving as a consultant to the Land Trust, she said. They have been selected for their ability to withstand storms and to flourish at the water's edge.

A grant from the National Resource Conservation Service is paying for the plants, Wyatt said. They will be replacing knotweed, a bamboo-like plant, in particular, which has been removed with chemical spraying.

About a dozen volunteers have signed up so far to replant the cove, she said. Bring a shovel if you come. Meet at 28 Byway Road. Park on Green Avenue or Byway Road.

Dress for the day's weather, said Beth Rondeau, another Land Trust member.

“Long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes are recommended,” she said. “Insect repellant is advisable year-round for tick protection. 

If you can lend a hand, contact Wyatt at swyatt9@cox.net or 401-246-0747.

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