Earlier this month the Rutgers Master Gardener class of 2024 along with some Rutgers Certified Master Gardeners attended a walk at Mercer Meadows with the Director of Stewardship for the Mercer County Park Commission, Mike Long. The weather held out, and it was a beautiful day discussing the tactics being implemented to handle the many invasive species impacting Mercer Meadows. We covered topics from controlled burns to the need for more deer management. We got some insight into how invasive plant species are handled across the roughly 1,600 acres of Mercer Meadows. We spoke with Mike at length about tactics for invasive management and how to integrate more aggressive natives to try to replace them. After this, we attended a talk in the Mercer County Stables education room with Mike Van Clef of the Invasive Strike Team to discuss how to best choose Native plants for your garden or meadow. Overall, it was an excellent day for Mercer County collaboration and a walk in the beautiful meadows of Mercer County!