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Theresa Kerchner <[log in to unmask]>
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HI Loraine and Matt and all, 
  Thanks for posting this question. I have copies an old e-mail that relates to this topic.. see notes from Alison and the initial question about a list that was generated for a public education project.
  From A. Dibble:
Shadbush, Amelanchier, has beautiful flowers in May and fruits that attract
thrushes in late June and July. These shrubs or small trees should do well
in a lake shore habitat and are EASY to grow. Some are tall, others are
low -- a combination of both would be attractive. Some native species are

If available from a nursery, native species of alders and birches (such as
paper birch) would be excellent choices. The alders fix atmospheric
nitrogen in the soil, as well as holding the bank.

And a conifer such as eastern white cedar, Thuja occidentalis, would be
good in combination with other plants, and offers important cover for wildlife.

With regards,

Alison C. Dibble
Brooklin, ME
At 01:49 PM 7/23/2004, you wrote:
>Hi everyone -
>Could you please take a minute to comment on this if you have any
>opinions? >Theresa Kerchner
>Merrylyn Sawyer called this morning with a question about native plants
>for buffer strips in the Wayne region (Androscoggin Lake area, Kennebec
>and Androscoggin Counties). She is planning to buy native plants at
>Pierson's in Biddeford and have them for sale at the Great Wayne Fair in
>August. This will be part of the Androscoggin Lake Improvement
>Corporation's (ALIC) educational display.
>This is the list of plants that we thought would be suitable for our area.
>Iris versicolor
>Lobelia cardinalis
>Rosa palustris
>Chamaedaphne cayculata
>Ilex verticillata
>Rhodora canadense
>Sambucus canadensis
>Vaccinium corymbosum
>Viburnum dentatum

Loraine Kohorn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Hi Matt:

I just noticed that the Maine DEP, Bureau of Land and Water Quality 
has online a publication "

The Buffer Handbook Plant List

", last revised in 2001. This list includes European alder (Alnus 
glutinosa) as something explicitly recommended to plant in buffer 
zones. From Alice's comment about establishment in watersheds in 
VT and NH, we'd certainly be safe in recommending to the DEP that 
this should be taken off the list.

Thanks for bringing this up.


At 01:46 PM 3/30/2007, you wrote:
>Is anyone familiar with Alnus glutinosa (European alder)? Come to find
>out, this plant is getting planted more and more on wetland mitigation
>sites in Maine. The plants are commonly mis-labeled as Alnus rugosa.
>Whether it's intentional or not, I don't know. There is documented
>evidence that this species can become aggressive and escape cultivation.
>However, I'm not aware of any instances of naturalization in Maine yet.
>A notched/rounded leaf apex and resinous texture to the leaves help to
>distinguish it from A. incana. Those of us involved in wetland
>mitigation planning and monitoring need to be especially aware of this
>species getting thrown into the mix and to also keep our eyes open for
>naturalized populations. The DEP and Army Corps are aware of this and
>have, in some instances, required the removal of this species from
>mitigation sites. I've since learned that you can't believe any label
>on nursery stock or seed mixtures. This could be a good topic for
>discussion tomorrow at JBS.
>See folks on Saturday.
>Matt Arsenault
>Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.
>30 Park Dr.
>Topsham, ME 04086
>(207) 729-1199
>(207) 798-2135 (cell)
>(207) 729-2715 (fax)

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