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Vicki Sawicki

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  1. Cheerios & bees

    Fortunately 100 million wildflower seeds is actually not that many. Also, Hoary Allysum is not in the same genus as the "sweet allysum" they are giving out in Canada. I have never seen sweet allysum reseed itself. While a few escapees have been noted in Michigan, I doubt if we need to worry about it. Also, though I have seen forget-me-nots misbehaving, I do not know if they are truly by definition invasive. Harm economy? human health? environment? They may threaten the native forget-me-nots, particularly through hybridization (just conjecture, I don't know of any studies showing this)? Interestingly, I do not know any botanists that can confidently even key out the native species from the invasives without a microscope. Do any of you have some pointers? It does seem that if we are worried about forget-me-nots, we would be better off to address it with the many seed suppliers in our communities, or somehow convince people that these lovely little blue flowers are bad. They are in the category of plants that you should not let into your garden unless you really want them there - impossible to get rid of. Just sayin.
  2. Common Lilac

    Can someone give me some good references to the invasive properties of common lilac? What does it do that makes it invasive? What is it hurting? Any known "horror story" locations? References on the subject would be helpful too. Thanks!
  3. Red Barberry

    Bird Poop! Tough to fight something still being sold & planted A LOT!
  4. Big shout-out to our cohorts in eastern Iowa! The Hawkeye CWMA is fully sharing their invasive species treatment brochures with North Country CISMA. They are allowing us to use their treatment brochures and change them as we need to match our own recommendations (where ours differ from theirs). Also, they are allowing us to remove all reference to their CISMA on the brochures we print, and to "brand" them with our CISMA's logo! What awesome sharers!! http://www.hawkeyecwma.org/ By the way, the North Country CISMA Steering Committee has decided to adopt this same policy with respect to our printed outreach materials. We recently produced a Quick Reference Field Guide to High Priority Invasive Species that any of you are welcome to use and "re-brand" as your own. I have attached this document here - feel free to redo the front cover to promote your CISMA. Note that we are in the process of completing 2 more pages (bittersweet and buckthorn). These will soon be available for free download from our webpage. http://www.northcountryinvasives.org/ Quick Reference ID Guide.pdf
  5. Formed in 2015, our initial focus has been on inventorying the invasive species already in our 5 county area, and educating the public on the likely next invaders that we would like to keep out of the area. In addition, we are committed to removing hurdles that may discourage private property owners from treating invasive species on their own property. One of these initiatives is the establishment of community tool cribs at each of our participating Conservation District offices, with invasive species mechanical and chemical control equipment available for rent to the public. We are also working to obtain count-wide DEQ permits for chemical treatments of invasive species in wet environments. We are further facilitating private landowner's control of invasive species on their property by providing demonstrations of invasive species control techniques to neighborhood/lake associations. For more info visit our website at NorthCountryInvasives.org or e-mail me at vicki.sawicki@macd.org