Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Beautiful but noxious Purple Loosestrife...

We are trying to rid the area of Purple Loosestrife, yet another observation I made on the trip to new York State was the plethora of loosestrife along the highways, and in wet areas wherever I looked. I don't know if any control is in place in upstate New York or if there just is no money to fight this infestation. While being lovely, loosestrife is noxious in the way it proliferates and it chokes out native species and will close off waterways and lessen habitat. Here in Vermont there are volunteers out trying to pick the plants out by the roots one at a time to prevent the seeds from spraying out when they ripen. It seems like a loosing battle if right across Lake Champlain the loosestrife goes wild.

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