Japanese Knotweed Update June 2005
from Steve Levine

Dear FOBC members,

Between the flood of last September and Nature's repeat performance of this past April,  rivers and streams have once again been severely affected leaving miles of banks ripped, stripped and in many cases, unrecognizable from what they were prior to these events.  In addition, it has caused many established stands of Japanese knotweed to be loosened from their established areas only to be carried downstream further spreading it to areas previously unaffected.  The good news is that those areas that have been infected with newly established growths, and it is strongly advised that those with land abutting potentially affected areas carefully check them out, it will be easier to eradicate and control due to the fact that their root systems will not yet be fully mature and widely spread.  The earlier they are dealt with, the easier it is to control and prevent further spreading.

Several weekends ago, there was a workshop and demonstration given by Ms. Jamie Myers, a ranger for the National Park Service attached to the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River section ( www.nps.gov/upde )and held at Renaissance Park in Livingston Manor where there is an ongoing knotweed eradication project headed by Lisa Lyons.

Jamie has been most helpful and has passed on to me, a number of attachments herewith that will be most helpful in understanding what Japanese knotweed is and what can be done to deal with it.

Steve Levine



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