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Global Invasive Species Team listserve digest #054
Thu Feb 10 2000 - 10:58:29 (PST)

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1. How to eat japanese knotweed (Vermont)
2. Partners for Wildlife funding available (Nationwide)
3. Weed stories needed to motivate politicians (Nationwide)
4. National Stewardship Conference (Nationwide)
     
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1. How to eat japanese knotweed (Vermont)
From: Rose Paul (rpaul(at)tnc.org)

Regarding japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) being spread by
streams...I have seen recently washed up knotweed root mats taking root in
exposed substrate in riparian areas, specifically low gravel bars along
the river. My guess is that bits of roots get eroded from banks, washed
downstream and stranded again anywhere the floodwaters will go. If
there's any kind of exposed soil, those roots will take hold. In one
floodplain preserve where we have been controlling knotweed, several
knotweed patches occur under closed tree canopy. The best way to deal with
this plant is to survey for it every year, and dig up the new infestations
before the rhizomes start to travel. This is a very feasible job for
volunteers.

A Recipe for Japanese Knotweed Pie (No kidding!)

The following recipe comes from Conservancy friend Jaye Lindner, who
catered a wild edibles feast for VTFO's Acorn members last spring.

4 Cups peeled and chopped Japanese knotweed shoots (tender, young shoots
less than 18 inches high work best)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 Tablespoon Unbleached Flour

Mix all ingredients well and pour into your favorite pie crust; cover with
a top crust and bake at 425 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes

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2. Partners for Wildlife funding available (Nationwide)
From: Jeff Eisenberg (jeisenberg(at)tnc.org)

Partners for Wildlife has encouraged TNC to submit applications to fund
weed control projects on TNC preserves that will help restore landscapes
used by federal trust species (which includes threatened and endangered
species, migratory birds, and others). The earlier you get your
application in the better chance you have of getting funded. A example of
information TNC submitted to Partners for weed funding at the Mad Island
Preserve can be obtained from the Invasives on the Web site:

(http://tncinvasives.ucdavis.edu/newsnotes.html).

The application should be submitted to your local Partners coordinator,
and a copy provided to Jeff who can bring it to the attention of program
managers in D.C. Contact Jeff Eisenberg at 703-247-3675 if you have any
questions.

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3. Weed stories needed to motivate politicians (Nationwide)
From: Jeff Eisenberg (jeisenberg(at)tnc.org)

John Randall and Jeff Eisenberg will be visiting legislative staff in
Washington D.C. at the end of February to seek an increase in
appropriations for weed control work. One thing that would help us if you
could suggest local case studies of the most severe weed problems you're
aware of; severe in terms of resource damage, and/or in terms of economic
harm. We would like to target those offices that have the most compelling
weed stories in their states or districts. Send your stories in to John
(jarandall(at)ucdavis.edu) or Jeff.

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4. National Stewardship Conference (Nationwide)
From: Barry Rice (bamrice(at)ucdavis.edu)

Will you be at the National Stewardship Conference? We will, so if you
want to meet with John Randall, Barry Rice, or Callie Hurd, look
for us while you are there. This also means that our office will be
unavailable for our usual useful weed-wisdom next week.






Updated March 2000
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