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  1. Katie Grzesiak

    Michigan Photographer Turns Invasive Species Art

    We worked with her last year--she's very knowledgeable and communicates well (and factually!) about the science of invasive species, but really grabs people with her art! A joy to work with.
  2. Katie Grzesiak

    Phragmites Disposal

    We leave all Phragmites where it is. In some cases we mow, but the bits are left where they lie (and then we clean machinery!). As you said, the complications (permitting? vectors, etc.) are too great for anything else. Curious what others are up to! Any creative solutions?
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    Treatment Discussion Handouts

    Thanks to John & Shaun for the information! Here are a few more notes I took during our session: Let police know what the crew is up to (especially if they're doing driving surveys that might elicit calls!) Name badges/shirts/hats can also help ID your crew as professionals Be clear with your crew about your CISMA's expectations (herbicide use, professionalism, etc.) Be sure to have decontamination kits both for the truck and each person Be sure to have water for washing--one huge reservoir or several jugs (planned use inspections & pesticide business checklists from MDARD, above) Herbicide manufacturers and contractors can be good resources for what herbicides to use Importance of communicating with the public during activities (signs, well-trained crew) Some questions about permitting can be directed to https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3681_3710---,00.html And a possible future action item: Discussion of WM CISMA's treatment table--maybe a subcommittee?
  4. In an effort to not re-create the wheel, here are some of the discussions & resources ISN created during our 2018/19 HWA Prioritization meeting with partners. Feel free to use if it suits you! HWAPrioritization_agenda_2018.12.19.docx HWAPrioritization_notes_2018.12.19.docx HWA Prioritization_2018.12.19.pptx Possible_PriorityPoints_MC.pdf ConservedLand_MC.pdf HWA Prioritization 2018 Overview.docx
  5. This is where the multitude of handouts from the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session live! Herbicide Information chart, courtesy WM CISMA Strike team costs estimation worksheet, courtesy WM CISMA Strike team startup needs checklist, courtesy WM CISMA Knotweed treatment comparison chart (+ sprayer calibration), courtesy SWxSW CISMA Mix table example, courtesy ISN Emergency Contacts, courtesy ISN End-of-week Checklist, courtesy ISN Treatment Tracking template, courtesy ISN "Truck box" list, courtesy ISN Pesticide training agenda, courtesy ISN Plus, don't forget about the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that MNFI has put together--there are links on michigan.gov/invasives as well as pinned on this Forum. They help with herbicide selection (or other methods). Finally, the manuals for Pesticide Certification are excellent resources--use them! Please comment on this thread with additional resources. Emergency Contacts 2018.docx End of Week Checklist.xlsx Herbicide Information-2.xlsx JK treatment methods_sprayer calibration (3).pdf Mix tables 2010.doc Pesticide Seasonal Training Agenda 5-31-2018.docx Strike Team costs.xlsx Strike Team Startup Needs.docx Treatment Reporting Template.xlsx Truck Box 2018.docx
  6. Katie Grzesiak

    boot brush station recommendations and signage

    We have always purchased bootbrush station hardware as a kit; we've only found them through EnviroSigns and Best Exhibits, but I encourage you to keep searching (and let us know if you find someone else)! We've purchased them in some bulk (30-40) to keep costs low. If you only need one station, it might be worth making your own, but we've really appreciated the ready-to-assemble nature of the kits. I'm attaching our how-to-install document (from the Downloads section) to give you an idea of what all goes into a station--the kits just include the metal bits, hardware and/or sign, and we've purchased the lumber, gravel, etc. separately, though there may be more complete kits out there. As for the sign itself, ISN made one that could be re-branded pretty easily with a 6x2" logo (or logos) in the upper left corner. It's also available in Downloads. I believe PlayCleanGo also has a sign you could use and/or modify if KISMA is a partner. Our total costs (sign printing, kit purchase, misc. supplies purchase) per station has been between $300 and $400, depending on how many we order; if only one is ordered, costs are likely to be significantly higher. Good luck!
  7. Katie Grzesiak

    Hogweed or Not?

    WOW This one is close! But... I'm going with cow parsnip. Hogweed certainly CAN be shorter than 7 ft, but it's usually pretty darn gigantic, and this just seems "pretty big." Check out this link for more specific info: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72766.html You have some pretty indeterminate seeds, but I'd say overall they seem not-flat and heart-shaped. Leaves can be tricky, but those just don't seem quite ridiculous-looking enough. Interested in other opinions, though! It's definitely one of the trickiest I've seen.
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    Unknown grass / possible aquatic plant?

    Native! This is horsetail (Equisetum), probably field horsetail (E. arvense). No worries about it being invasive, but it's definitely aggressive--and controlling it is pretty darn difficult, as it doesn't respond to most herbicides and grows like crazy. They're likely better off figuring out how to garden WITH it than against it.
  9. Katie Grzesiak

    Not quite sure what this is...

    Looks like wild parsnip to me. Tell them to be cautious & rinse off; it can cause chemical burns!
  10. Katie Grzesiak

    Fast growing tree?

    Mulberry, likely non-native (sometimes invasive) white mulberry, Morus alba.
  11. Thanks to an interested partner and the advice of experts from across the state (special thanks to DNR FRD, MDARD, and the Forestry Assistance Program), ISN created this quick reference guide regarding how firewood can be heat-treated to no longer bear the threat of moving invasive species. See attached! The "Downloads" page wasn't working at the moment, but I'll put the PDF there as well soon. Firewood heat treat.pdf
  12. I haven't heard about them in the US, and would be pretty skeptical--with knotweeds sprouting through concrete and asphalt, and anecdotal evidence of even puncturing trailer tires (the landowner who told me that didn't get photos, I'm very upset), I would be REALLY impressed if they found a barrier that really worked.
  13. Katie Grzesiak

    Round goby?

    @Sarah LeSage or Jane Perrino or another aquatics person is probably best able to answer this, but it sure looks like the round gobies I've seen.
  14. Katie Grzesiak

    Knotweed treatments

    Unfortunately, not really any updates. We've moved away from doing cut-stem and into doing injections due to the complications of disposal, but we've only been doing injections for about a year, and don't have much to report yet.
  15. Four of the images are indeed Japanese knotweed. The fifth (with flowers) is an invasive honeysuckle, likely Lonicera tartarica. Killing knotweed on just the messenger's property likely won't work, as it shares a root system with the neighbor; they will need to work with their neighbor to manage the whole stand together.
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