If you check out many of the botanic or natural areas videos posted here at HW, you’ll notice a preponderance of gray-haired volunteers, residents who have lived long enough to appreciate how the land changes over time and how vital it is to preserve the irreplaceable. As you gain retirement time, will you choose a meaningful way to spend time in the fresh air?
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Jim Karnik Films | Alien Carpobrotus, aka Iceplant or Sea Fig, once smothered the land along Los Penasquitos Marsh Preserve, but now an army of volunteers fights to keep it and other invaders in check. Meet the Whacky Weeders and Darren Smith, State Parks Environmental Scientist, as they do battle against invasive aliens to preserve the delightful tapestry of native species.
August 17, 2010, Vermont Public Radio news:
“There’s a recognition that at some point in the future these plants will be added to the state’s quarantine list which will make them illegal to sell. The idea is to get in front of that quarantine list and get them to voluntarily agree to stop selling or designing or installing these plants.” — Dan Redondo, Greenworks
Read more here.
Above: Some of the invasives on the voluntary “do not sell/do not plant” list have been popular for their autumn coloration: Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus/Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut), Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii/Britt Slattery, USFWS), Norway Maple (Acer platanoides/Britt Slattery, USFWS).
Available as printed material or downloadable as a PDF from the web, this newly revised invasive plant guide is offered courtesy of the USDA Forest Service. The book provides information on accurate identification of the 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern states and lists additional nonnative plants of increasing concern. Read more here or download by clicking here.
Kudzu has been rambling across the U.S. South for almost 100 years now, and the greatest minds in environmental science have found only one convenient management scheme: Deploy the goats!
Knoxville, Tenn., is spending $10,000 in grant money to hire a herder to drive goats across kudzu-infested public lands in a program similar to one used in Chattanooga during recent years. The extra value that goats bring is that they not only eat top growth, they also tend to uproot the invasive plants during the grazing process. Read more here.
If you’re so inclined, you may have a future in insect catching. CNN Living reports on a business whose business it is to net, sort, and deliver beneficial insects. Bob Rich, owner of Weedbusters Biocontrol in Missoula, Mont., explains:
Read more here. (Note: This page took a little longer to open for me than most. You may or may not experience the same thing, but I promise you the story and photos are worth 40 seconds of patience.)