Grants Available in Northshire to Eliminate Invasives
A new organization is offering invasive species management services this summer and fall for Northshire properties affected by Japanese knotweed and barberry. These species are fierce invaders who threaten Vermont’s lands and streams by crowding out native plants and degrading habitat for native animals. Additionally, stands of barberry have much higher densities of Lyme disease-carrying ticks than uninvaded areas. Control measures will in most cases involve the use of herbicide. Where appropriate, an herbicide safe for use near open water will be used. Herbicide-free methods may be possible in some areas; the appropriate management technique will be determined after a site visit.
Thanks to a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association is able to offer these control services at no cost to the landowner. Since swaths of these species cross ownership boundaries, cooperation from multiple neighbors will be key to the program’s success. The targeted land area covers most of Arlington, Sunderland, Sandgate and Manchester and parts of Rupert, Dorset, Peru, Winhall, Shaftsbury and Glastenbury.
Japanese knotweed is tall (up to ten feet), with large spade-shaped leaves, bamboo-like stems and spikes of small white flowers that appear in late summer. It is often seen along roadsides and streambanks. Barberry is a thorny shrub, typically two but as much as eight feet high, with small spoon-shaped leaves and red oblong fruits that often persist throughout the winter. It has been used in landscape plantings but is now found scattered throughout our forests. If you think you have either of these species on your property, call 802-442-2275 or or email firstname.lastname@example.org.