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Brian and Martha Klassanos’ Willow Farm property is part of the Muddy Brook Valley, a region defined by deep coarse glacial sands that underlay the area and give rise to its unique features. The fire-influenced natural communities, often referred to as barrens, that were present until modern practices resulted in forest growth, supported plant, invertebrate, and animal species that are now rare in the state. Restoration efforts are bringing these species back.
Following in the footsteps of Mass Wildlife’s barrens restoration projects, Brian launched a full-scale effort on his own property which has resulted in the presence of an ecological treasure-trove of plant and moth species. We’ll take a casual tour of the property and learn about some of the characteristics of barrens communities.