Photos: Plague of Locuts

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Looking ethereal, a canopy of black locust leaves filters the summer sunlight through layers of green. Black locusts are not native to the Pine Bush or to the Northeast and are considered invasive, spreading rapidly. The 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve has over 400 acres dominated by black locust trees. In the past 15 years, the preserve commission has removed over 250 acres of black locust trees and restored the site to pine-barrens habitat.

The efforts are constant and ongoing to keep the Albany Pine Bush Preserve pine-barrens ecosystem, one of the few left in the world, intact. Current efforts include felling black locust trees.