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  1. Knotweed Info Links

    "Regeneration of plants from stem and rhizome fragments varies by taxon, as do responses to control techniques, underlining the importance of correct identification of these plants. " https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10530-008-9381-4
  2. Knotweed Info Links

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  5. JK Pictures

    A few more from an alley in Kalamazoo, the power station near the senior center in kzoo, growing through a car, between utilities (in the UK there's some pics of it growing in the wiring and disrupting services), at a "No Dumping" Site where it was dumped and took off, and swallowing a house.
  6. JK Pictures

    Utility lines are a great place to find knotweed. (I'm still waiting for pictures from BCK CISMA of a Consumer's Energy Site that the company keeps driving their truck through. I heard it was awesome (in a bad way)).
  7. JK Pictures

    I've called Best Way Disposal and sent them some information. They said they have 'rejection notices' they can leave on the carts saying why it was rejected. I suggested they add a line/box for knotweed for the future, with a little explanation/direction. The danger we might run into is that if people can't send it somewhere, they'll start dumping, which could make the problem worse. So, there will need to be a path/directions for disposal set up before or con-current with implementation of rejection of the material.
  8. JK Pictures

    From a historic district in Kalamazoo. The person who called me said that the neighbor has been giving this soil to everyone in the neighborhood.
  9. JK Pictures

    This is that building in Kalamazoo
  10. I know it's controversial, but I have to be true to the information I'm getting from the UK. Knotweed can be dormant in the soil for around 20 years. (according to many sources in the UK, including their Environment Agency) Countless 'knotweed' businesses have been developed in the UK, whose sole purpose is to treat and monitor properties with knotweed infestations. These companies sell their services in 10-year contracts: application of herbicide (roughly 3 years) and then monitoring for regrowth the rest of the 10 years. Some declare it eradicated after two years of no regrowth, but given the 20-year potential dormancy, this is- in mine and others opinion- not wise. The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (CAN) is offering the public classes on how to start an Invasive Species Treatment Business. Not plant specific, but more of the BUSINESS side of the deal. I think this idea is something we in Michigan should latch on to, and see about replicating in our service areas. During the field trip to West Michigan CISMA this year, I heard it over and over: "We just don't have enough people to monitor all this property for knotweed!" Also, with funding running out and grants not being awarded (among other reasons for dissolution), CISMAs and others who have been treating knotweed for the public run the risk of having poked the bear for a year or two, only to not be there when it rages back in an explosion of growth. (which could leave the problem worse than when the strike teams first arrived- this plant fights back). I encourage any organization with the ability, to explore providing the entrepreneurial public with opportunities to start an Invasive Species Treatment Business. I understand the risk and fear of people being out there, 'going crazy' with treatments and things, but I feel that that is where -> WE <- can provide the guidance and support so that it is done RIGHT. Legitimately. (Think: partnerships in the community with business training associations- like ISCBC did with the Aboriginal Business Centre for their event. Maybe DNR/MDARD can be involved to create a 'fast track' program-...hate the name...- to promote this or make it easier to get information on herbicide training/certs...) They promoted the following: Finding the Entrepreneurial Mindset Goal Setting and Business Planning Financing Your Business and Understanding Cash Flow Business and Financial Administration Market Research and Marketing Your Business Requirements to Start Up and Invasive Species Management Business And required the following: * Underemployed resource industry workers * Interested in starting up their own invasive species service-based business * Hold a valid Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicators Certificate * Aware of invasive species and management issues in the region *Attendance to Orientation We CAN'T fight knotweed alone. It will suck up all our resources in a short amount of time. We need to build an 'army'... for lack of better terms.... A private sector army that HAS the time and resources to watch this stuff for 10+ years at a time. I'm diving into research papers and I keep coming up with the same result: We are going to be overrun by knotweed. (This researcher says forests are going to be a thing of the past because of knotweed: http://gearsofbiz.com/poison-ivy-an-unlikely-hero-in-warding-off-exotic-invaders/196733 The paper is here: https://bdj.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=20577 But we still have time to do something about it. I'm looking forward to working with anyone who wants to chat/come up with some state plans/ideas Here is the link to the course being put on by Invasive Species Council of British Columbia: http://bcinvasives.ca/resources/programs/invasive-species-training/northeast-bc-invasive-species-business-development-workshop/invasive-species-business-development-workshop-dec-5-6 Here is the link to an article about a guy quitting his job to start up a knotweed company WITH DRONES!: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/sourge-japanese-knotweed-moves-dolgellau-13852836 And just for some extra fun, here are three FANTASTIC two-minute videos from Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver: Knotweed video #1 -Intro <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J99e_rTJ66U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Knotweed video #2 –How it spreads <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZTgoan0jLnQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Knotweed video #3 -Handling <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZzG63ujtCo8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  11. JK Pictures

    Variegated knotweed, one years growth
  12. 'Bamboo' Summit 2.0 (Knotweed)

  13. National Parks I.S. Data

    I belong to a National Parks Employee Group on Facebook. I asked about knotweed in the parks and they've given me some resources to look into what the National Parks are doing for invasive species monitoring and treatment. Here's the links: https://irma.nps.gov/Portal/ There's also one called "PUPS" that you have to be a ranger to have access to, but maybe you can call in favors if you need to
  14. Buckthorn Baggies?

    http://www.twincities.com/2015/05/12/battling-buckthorn-woodbury-inventors-have-your-back/ Any success with these? Any other species they might work on?
  15. Knotweed Info Links

    Wonderful! 2015 Harper's Magazine Article: Day of the Knotweed (pretty much the whole story in one article)