If anyone here has any insights on this, I'd greatly appreciate it. One of our biggest issues here in Maryland is mowing of field habitats. The ideal mowing schedule for maintaining these is typically mowing once very three years in the very early spring before field birds nest (to prevent reforestation), but this year I was horrified to find that it had been done in early July. Thousands of wild milkweed plants were destroyed.
By law, invasive thistles cannot be allowed to go to seed, and I'm told this is why the mowing was done when it was. So we have a serious issue, and I'm on a new committee to investigate and try to solve this. Not only do we have to work out how to proactively control the invasives so that mowing will not be required, we need to figure out how to get county land management and all of the various mowing contractors on the same page.
What I am looking for is an example of an area where similar issues were successfully resolved so we can implement a plan as soon as possible. Does anyone know of a county/state where field habitat management best practices have been successfully implemented at a political level?