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Global Invasive Species Team listserve digest #019
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 14:11:48 -0800 (PST)

1. Presidential Executive Order on Invasive Species
2. Tool Questions for Wicking Cattails


1. Presidential Executive Order on Invasive Species
From: John Randall (jarandall(at)ucdavis.edu)

President Clinton is scheduled to sign an Executive Order on invasive
species Tuesday February 2nd and the Order will be formally announced
the next day at the National Geographic's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
So far we know that the Order will note the economic and environmental
damage caused by invasive non-native species and direct the formation of a
national invasive species council. This national council is to recommend
changes in federal agency policies to better prevent, detect and control
invasive non-native plants, animals and micro-organisms. TNC staff -
perhaps YOU! - will likely be among those consulted for recommendations.
The renewed attention to invasive species that will follow release of the
Order may also result in more funding for research on and control of
invasive species. Be on the lookout!

I'll be back with an update later this week after the Order is released
and I can see the full text.

John Randall
Wildland Weeds Management & Research
The Nature Conservancy


2. Tool Questions for Wicking Cattails
From: Tina Hall (cnhall(at)meer.net)

I am going to be wicking cattails with Roundup this next spring and am
wondering if any of you have any "advanced" tools to recommend. I have
been given recommendations from just using an old sock to rub the
herbicide on with a gloved hand, to attaching a sponge to a stick. I am
thinking of using a wring-type floor mop to dab on the herbicide. There
are elements growing in the areas of the cattails so I need to be careful
about sloshing the stuff around and I am not real crazy about coming in
real close contact with the stuff - like using the sock to rub it on. Any
ideas of "higher tech wicking tools" would be appreciated.

Tina Hall
The Nature Conservancy of WV
160 Guy St.
Elkins, WV 26241


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