bev - email - url
Kudos for another year of work on your eradication program. On my way across Canada, I’ve been watching the roadsides for invasives and have seen plenty of examples. I guess the worst was miles and miles of tansy ragwort west of Kenora, Ontario. Such sights are a good reminder of how difficult it can be to every truly eradicate a plant, but that it’s worth the effort to prevent further spread. I agree about the weather being a factor in plant proliferation. We had a very rainy spring and summer at the farm and ssome plants that I’d believed to be all but stamped out, made a return appearance.
Sunday: 11 October 2009 @ 14:54:43
Steve K. - email
My wife used to be on the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds. The Washington Post has a language contest every Sunday, and one week it was to come up with a new, more appropriate motto for a federal agency – someone sent in "FICMNEW: Standing at the edge of the sea with our hands outstretched, trying to stop the waves."
Sunday: 11 October 2009 @ 15:23:38
Wayne - email - url
Bev - it’s an interesting thing that I can concentrate on one particular thing while there are other invasives (like privet and russian olive) that I’ve pretty much ignored to this point. It’s a matter of scale, in my case, with the grass assuming such a smothering presence. Still, I’ve seen areas where privet literally chokes everything out, so this winter I should probably take that on.
Steve - that’s exactly the image that I’ve come to realize is inevitable. At some point I suppose I will no longer be able to do this, so it’s been more in the way of beginning to document what shows up during the interval when I am able to keep the M under control. At some point in the future I’ll probably be documenting what disappears as the M again begins to dominate. That’s sort of sad, but there’s not much to be done about it.
Pablo - the map does show the new property to the left side in the area marked “K”, and extending westward along Goulding Creek. There is plenty of M there too, but there’s probably no way I’m going to be able to tackle that.
Monday: 12 October 2009 @ 09:53:54
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