The Chinese Tallow Trees

Using funds supplied by Skidaway Audubon, a very important aspect of the Sparrow Field project was the removal of 400 Chinese tallow trees.  The Chinese tallow tree is a serious threat because of its ability to invade and displace native vegetation, as well as alter soil conditions due to the high amount of tannins present in the leaf litter.

Sean Burgess, Environmental Coordinator of the Landings Association, provided contacts with outside contractors, including Chris John at Valley Crest, and Evergreen, who provided the Feller Buncher (a type of harvester used in logging).  Holly Holdsworth, Park Manager of Skidaway Island State Park, and a licensed applicator of Tordon, handled the spraying of the smaller trees.