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Global Invasive Species Team listserve digest #098
Wed Jan 09 2002 - 17:18:55 PST

1. Asphodelus fistulosas (California, USA)
2. New useful weed documents available (Global)
3. Conference on natives and invasives (Michigan, USA)
4. Need advice on bittersweet, loosestrife, phrag, knotweed (Maine, USA)
5. Weed-free feed and hay desired (Ohio, USA)
6. National Park Service invasive species jobs (Nationwide, USA)
7. Kudzu found in Washington state! (Washington, USA)
8. NFWF grant opportunities (Nationwide, USA)


1. Asphodelus fistulosas (California, USA)
From: Mike Kelly (mkellysd(at)aol.com)

Another request for information on Asphodelus fistulosas (Asphodel)...
Does anyone have information on how to kill it? It is expanding its range
in San Diego, from highway rights-of-way into natural areas, including
sites of recent burns.


2. New useful weed documents available (Global)
From: Barry Rice (bamrice(at)ucdavis.edu)

We have uploaded more documents to help you with your invasive species
management. In particular...

--A new weed management plan, written by Debbie Pickering (Oregon Field
Office), for a Cox Island--a site with only one (serious) invasive species
See: http://tncinvasives.ucdavis.edu/products.html

--A new Element Stewardship Abstract has been completed for Elytrigia
repens (Quackgrass).
See: http://tncinvasives.ucdavis.edu/esadocs/elytrepe.html

--New success stories on invasive species management in Alaska (garlic
mustard) and the Florida keys (many woody weeds). These stories are good
to have if you are trying to prove to your funding structures that weed
control can be successful!
See: http://tncinvasives.ucdavis.edu/success.html


3. Conference on natives and invasives (Michigan, USA)
From: Jack McGowan-Stinski (jmcgowan-st(at)tnc.org)

There will be a conference on native planting and invasives in Michigan on
3-4 March, sponsored by the Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM), and
Michigan Invasives Plant Council (MIPC). Interested people can check for
conference info at http://www.wildflowersmich.org, or get information on
MIPC from http://www.msue.msu.edu/mipc/


4. Need advice on bittersweet, loosestrife, phrag, knotweed (Maine, USA)
From: Nancy Sferra (nsferra(at)tnc.org)

We are partnering with a state park to control oriental bittersweet
(Celastrus orbiculatus). Volunteers have been using weed wrenches to yank
out plants, but we are moving from small discrete patches to larger
infestations where bittersweet vines are killing overstory trees. I would
like to hear from anyone who has a good protocol for working in these
types of infestations (both mechanical control and chemical control).

Also, the Maine Chapter is in the process of partnering with several land
trusts and agencies to undertake a major invasive species inventory within
one of our landscape projects. Although we will be making note of most
invasives we find, we are particularly interested in locating and mapping
phragmites, loosestrife and Japanese knotweed (i.e. Phragmites australis,
Lythrum salicaria, Polygonum cuspidatum) along significant shorelines of
an estuary system. The bulk of the inventory will be done by volunteers
trained by TNC and partner staff. I would be interested in talking to
anyone else who has undertaken a similar large-scale inventory.


5. Weed-free feed and hay desired (Ohio, USA)
From: Erin Larson (ehlarson(at)fs.fed.us)

I am looking for sources of weed-free feed and hay in Ohio. I have
contacted various County Extension Offices and the State Department of
Agriculture, to no avail. Any suggestions?


6. National Park Service invasive species jobs (Nationwide, USA)
From: Terry Cacek (terry_cacek(at)nps.gov)

Please spread the word that we have begun hiring for the FY2002 round of
weed teams. The first two vacancy announcements, both by Point Reyes, can
now be viewed on the Internet at USAJOBS (http://www.usajobs.opm/a1.htm).
Over the coming weeks and months, 14 supervisory positions at various
grades from GS-07 through GS-12 will be announced. Interested persons
should check USAJOBS weekly for new vacancy announcements.

(Note: Perhaps because nps.gov is temporarily not working, this web site
is not operational. Interested people should contact Terry Cacek at
970-225-3542, Fax 970-225-3585.---Barry)


7. Kudzu found in Washington state! (Washington, USA)
From: Greg Haubrich (ghaubrich(at)agr.wa.gov)

--A message about kudzu (Pueraria montana), relayed by John Randall

It is with great sorrow that I have to report that kudzu was found in
Washington State for the first time. To date it has only been found at one
site. We are awaiting confirmation of samples taken, and looking into how
in the heck it got there. Four plants were found on private property near
Vancouver. The above ground portions of the plants were removed by hand
and the cut stems treated at the root crown with Garlon 4 by the Clark
County Noxious Weed Control Board. Surrounding properties were surveyed
with no additional infestations found. Survey work will be expanded this
spring and of course the site will be monitored for all eternity most


8. NFWF grant opportunities (Nationwide, USA)
From: Ann Bartuska (abartuska(at)tnc.org)

The National Association of Counties has announced their Five-Star
Restoration grants program for 2002. "The grant program awards and aids
community-led initiatives that focus on wetland and watershed
restoration." Approximately $1.5 million is available; grants average
$10,000. More information is available at:

Updated January 2002
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