FAIR HAVEN: A FUNGUS AMONG US?

fh fields fungus 092113fh fields fungus 2 092113redbankgreen came upon this intriguingly beautiful semicircular growth on a tree trunk in the Far Haven Fields Natural Area last weekend.

Can someone identify it and tell us something about it? Is is a bracket fungus? (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: NEVER-ENDING WAR WITH VINES

Jeff Dement gives a lesson in tree identification during Saturday’s walk through the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

The Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Committee is engaged in a quiet, prolonged battle, one of forest versus invasive vines that have become familiar in Monmouth County.
About 20 people turned out Saturday to witness the ground gained in the war on a walk guided by Jeff Dement of the American Littoral Society. He pointed out the different types of invasive plants, including Oriental bittersweet and Japanese honeysuckle.
“The way vines kill is by robbing trees of sunlight,” he said. “The forest is all about competition, usually for sunlight.”

FAIR HAVEN BACKSTOPS OPEN-SPACE BID

Borough officials are eyeing this Third Avenue property as a potential parking lot for Fair Haven Fields, which is accessible via the backyard. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

With the gates about to open for a piece of the $2 million doled out annually in the form of Monmouth County Open Space Grants, Fair Haven officials were preparing two horses Monday night.

Their presumptive entry: a bid to acquire and demolish a home on Third Street to create a parking lot at the northern end of Fair Haven Fields, where two baseball fields are considered hard-to-reach from the main parking lot.

But should a deal not come together in time, town officials plan to seek funding for improvements to the adjoining nature area, where volunteers have fought to curb rampant invasive species in recent years.

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