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  1. Hi Susan, ISN also uses the state guidelines Nor referenced above--treating with triclopyr and an increased surfactant. However, we've actually seen the best control in the smaller patches where we were able to hand-pull/dig as you describe. Hopefully you don't run into a big patch! Thanks for your work.
  2. During today's discussions at the Funding Tips and Tricks breakout, there were questions about how permanent-nut-grant-dependent positions were advertised. In the "compensation" portion, I just have this line: "The [position] is a full-time, salaried position for the duration of the grant ([end date]), with the possibility of extension if continued funding is obtained."
  3. Here are three resources I'll be referencing and screen-sharing during my portion of the "Tips and Tricks for Managing Funding" concurrent session (B1). Budget and salary map examples are attached, match tracking is a view-only (feel free to save a copy) Google Sheet. budget_example.xlsx salarymap_example.xlsx
  4. We do a lot of praying! Cut-stump works well, but with large populations, it's a lot to wade through, and will take multiple years. The best effort I've ever been a part of actually used a bobcat with a forklift on to rip tons up, we walked through after and sprayed any stumps we saw. 95% kill in Year 1. BUT it was in a field, not a river bank, and we had a bobcat literally onsite doing other work. Not an option for most projects. Also, don't pull down the vines--unnecessary work. They'll fall down as they rot.
  5. It's in a weird grey zone for us. It's technically an EDR species in our region, but it also seems to be growing exclusively in road ROWs and not spreading into higher-quality areas. We're encouraging removal. We were hoping to have a better handle on our actions this year... but it's 2020.
  6. I've had lots of questions about this plant this year for the first time! I don't have any professional experience with it, but personal. My mother planted some as a ground cover in a part-shade spot, and it was aggressive. We worked hard to remove it years later (physical only, dig/pull), and eventually mostly got rid of it, though a sprout or two comes up each year. I haven't seen evidence of it escaping into natural areas--yet. I would expect similar risks regarding compost/dump piles in woods turning into escapees as other, more obviously identified as invasive ground covers.
  7. We have some up north, though we haven't worked very hard on it yet. Apparently treatment is similar to garlic mustard: pull before seeds or try glyphosate or triclopyr sprays. Our reports from volunteers are similar to garlic mustard too: thick patches are harder to knock back (and an ebb-and-flow of dense and lighter years), and smaller ones may be "won" in a few years.
  8. The good news is that the seeds are still green and tight in their siliques (those long thin pods)--you can pull! Be sure to bag it and send it to a landfill or tarp a big pile on-site (or other disposal options) so those ripening seeds don't escape. Once the seeds are brown and dry, the siliques will open up when you pull the plants; at that point, it's no longer a good idea to pull the plants because of the risk of spread. Thanks for your sharp eyes and dedication to habitat!
  9. Hmmm, unfortunately, nothing is springing to mind. @DGregori, would you be able to post a photo a little later in the year? Flowers or additional leaves may be of use. Your local MSU Extension office may be able to help too!
  10. I'm sure we're all creating lots of outreach stuff or ideas for how to reach people while we can't hang out with them, and wanted to share some of what ISN's cooking up. Please share yours too! Coloring pages: https://www.habitatmatters.org/education.html--I know others are doing this too! Let's share! Video work (in progress), particularly about decontamination and species ID We're going to have a mini-garlic mustard challenge in our service area, probably? Our spring partner meeting will be held online via Zoom Outreach to swap groups and other local groups
  11. ISN is hoping to work more with TOH for exactly this reason--our updated prioritization is still in the works, but (spoilers!), TOH has moved up to a higher priority for us. Funding-depending, we're hoping to work with growers of all kinds (especially in an area like ours with lots of fruit trees). I like the idea of the wineries/breweries too! The biggest challenge we see is actually killing the tree. Literature suggests frill-cuts (instead of cut-stump) is the best treatment, and a lot of the trees we know of in our region are close to structures. Combine that with TOH's already bri
  12. ISN has used beetles in multiple projects since 2012, and it's gone really well. Obviously, the beetles don't eradicate loosestrife, so follow-up releases are required after 5 or so years, but it's made marked impacts on large populations (not small/medium ones). There is a fair amount of communication that needs to happen with the public--the beetles take a year or two to get established, and it's not eradication! But dang if they don't help keep things to a dull roar in a nice rollercoaster of population sizes. ISN has ordered ours through Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions for a very
  13. ISN staff are required to have have Core (obviously), Right-of-Way (catchall), Aquatic (Phragmites etc.), and Ornamental (sometimes we treat on private properties in ornamental settings, especially with knotweeds), because that covers about all the work we do. A few staff members also have Forest Pest, mainly because they want to; it may come in handy at some point! We picked these certs because they seem to fit what we do the best, but also because Core & Right-of-Way were handed down to us by predecessors as the ones we should have. If they had a "miscellaneous invasive plants" ca
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