Many of these communities face a variety of threats. Across the state, invasive non-native species, such as purple loosestrife, can change the character of natural habitats and drive out native species. Development and road building are fragmenting natural areas. And the suppression of natural forest disturbances results in the loss of early successional plant communities. The Trustees are working to combat these threats in a number of ways, including:
On a limited basis, The Trustees work to restore significant ecological communities at reservations seriously threatened by some of the above-mentioned situations. In these cases, we endeavor to restore both the natural and cultural processes that originally created the ecological community. Two examples include tide marsh restoration and sand barrens restoration.