By volunteering just a few hours, you will make a big difference to the Blue Hills!


What is ‘Survey and Save the Forest’?

Survey and Save the Forest is a project to survey the most destructive invasive plants at Ponkapoag Pond so we can develop a management plan that will better protect endangered and other native species.

How Can You Participate?

When you participate, you will join others in identifying the most destructive invasive plants around Ponkapoag Pond… then you’ll look to see if the plants are in a particular part of the forest (using GPS coordinates), take a photo and upload it to our ‘Blue Hills – Invasive Survey’ project in iNaturalist (an app that can collect the data).

Your photos – and those of many others – will create an invasive plant survey.  With the data from the survey, you will help save the forest by providing the data we need to develop a plan to control invasive plants and create a healthy forest!

Once you’re trained, you can participate on your own… or join one of the group training and survey events.  At the in-person events, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other volunteers and enjoy refreshments.

Get Started: Sign up for a training!

To get started, sign up for a training.  Dates for training are listed below.  At in-person events, after the training, we will break up into groups and begin surveying.  After you’re trained, you can survey on your own, or at our scheduled events.

Participants will learn to identify invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed.

Sign up for the in-person training event that fits your schedule.

On-site trainings and data collection

Tuesday, August 10, 5 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 21,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday, August 25, 5:00 pm

Onsite trainings are a great chance to meet others involved… and get hands-on training to participate in Survey and Save the Forest.  Similar to the on-line trainings, you’ll learn to identify the top six most destructive invasive plants, how to record their location in iNaturalist, and how and where to survey the plants at Ponkapoag Pond.  We will also break up into small groups to survey the trails for invasives.  Feel free to come with people you would like to work with… or we’ll match you up with others who attend!  You’ll also enjoy light refreshments… and there will be prizes!
Sign up for the onsite trainings here.  

Resources for Surveyors 

Survey and Save the Forest Information Sheet

Every time you survey, please report your hours on this work report.

You can review the Survey and Save the Forest training video here.

List of Invasives

  • Buckthorn- Rhamnus cathartica
  • Multiflora Rose-Rosa multiflora
  • Black swallow-wort -Vincetoxicum nigrum
  • Bittersweet-Celastrus orbiculatus
  • Phragmites- Phragmites australis
  • Garlic Mustard- Alliaria petiolata