Monthly Archives: February 2013
An article on the Great Lakes Early Detection Network was published today in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal.
On February 19th the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) hosted an online training for those interested in becoming part of the GLEDN verifier network. In case you missed the training or need to partake in the spectacle again, here is a link to a recording of the presentation:
Receive your knowledge on the dulcet tones of Kate’s and my voices.
Keep an eye out for another GLEDN training coming the second week of March. This presentation will cover how to use various GLEDN features with a special emphasis on mapping.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park seeking public input and comments on an invasive plant management plan
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network, is seeking public input and comments on an invasive plant management plan. This document will guide the park in eradication, control, or containment of exotic invasive plants, particularly in natural and cultural areas of the park. Several options for attaining the objectives are considered and analyzed for their impacts on the environment. The analysis is part of an Environmental Assessment. Invasive exotic plant species are defined as non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.Some examples of such plants species being controlled by the park are bush honeysuckle, Canada thistle and garlic mustard.
The plan is available online at http://www.nps.gov/hocu/parknews/invasive-plant-management-plan.htm . The plan is open for comment until March 14, 2013.
Ohio has developed a new invasive plant assessment protocol. Read the article linked below for more information.
Minnesota Noxious Weed Guide – online version 2013 updates are complete and it has been posted. It remains at the following link:
The old version has the purple loosestrife on the cover – the 2013 version has non-native phragmites and includes newly listed species.
Although this guide is from Minnesota, it has significant overlap with species found here in Appalachia Ohio and is a good reference to explore.
This new publication is a little overwelming for a landowner, but is full of useful information about cleaning equipment to reduce the spread of invasive flora and fauna.
DiVittorio, J., M. Grodowitz, and J. Snow, 2012. Inspection and Cleaning Manual for Equipment and Vehicles to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Memorandum No. 86-68220-07-05.
This manual provides uniform guidelines for inspection and thorough cleaning of vehicles and equipment that come in contact with pest and invasive species during Reclamation work. The information in this manual will help personnel to understand how pest and invasive plants and animals are spread and will provide instructions and recommendations to reduce their spread. The general types of equipment described in this manual are: rubber-tired land vehicles, tracked land vehicles, personal use equipment, construction and facility equipment, and watercraft. In addition to inspection and cleaning procedures, a section with descriptions of species of concern is included.
Frank Porter, a local author and native plant landscaping expert, is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants.
Now is the time to save our natural plant heritage—before it’s too late. In Back to Eden, Frank Porter rediscovers the plants that once covered our landscapes and teaches us the secrets of how to propagate
and grow these botanical treasures. This book is for beginners, as well as the experienced.
-Learn how to establish a native plant garden.
-Read about the silent garden invaders.
-Discover how to make a rain garden.
-Grow your garden without fertilizer.
-Understand the importance of using native grasses and plants.
-The information in this book applies to states extending from Maine to Florida and east of the Mississippi River.
Many species are common throughout this vast area. Others are restricted to particular geographic regions. You will discover new plants to incorporate into your garden.
Presentations from the 2012 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference are now available on the MIPN website at http://www.mipn.org/UMISC-2012.html. Take a look!