Mile-a-Minute Project of the Hudson
Meeting Minutes for February 15th Meeting
CCE, Stony Point, NY
meeting at Black Rock forest Thursday, March 6th from 12:30-3:00,
lunch prior to the meeting.† The call-in
schedule was passed out, and will be posted on the website (http://www.hrnerr.org/public/training/MAM/index_MAMnew.html).
National History Conference will be in Albany- April 17-18, Emilie and Laura are waiting to see if they have a MAM table. (UPDATE as
of 2/21/08: we have arranged for a table, need people to staff it).†† Information about the conference is
available at: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/nhc/†
- Bob OíBrien is looking for applications for demonstration
invasive control projects.† The
review process will be taking place soon.†
Projects must be 1 day long and involve 15-25 people. These will be
PRISM supported projects to show the on the ground effort of the Lower
Hudson PRISM. Contact Bob for more information: Robert.O'Brien@oprhp.state.ny.us
Dates for meetings this
(First Fridayís for each month except July)
6th Short meeting at Black Rock, please arrive early ~ 12 noon.
A list of sites monitored in 2007 was handed out and will be
posted on the website.
A list of 2007 newly discovered infestation sites were
handed out and will be posted on the website.
There were pulls at 10 sites this year with a total of 335
volunteer hours; this doesnít include unrecorded efforts of Rick ~300 hours,
Larry Pringle and other dedicated volunteers.
††††††††††† (Donít have
to be volunteers, report paid staff removal efforts too)
It is important to use recording forms for control and site
identification.† These forms are on the
website.† If we donít have records it is
difficult to ask for help from municipalities and to show what we have
Margie says, If people who are going to remove it canít see
another patch from the first patch, it
recorded as another site,
Bob says, Occurrences are sites
within a macro-plot.
says, Property boundaries also make new sites,
especially for small residential lots.
sites new or newly discovered?
We canít tell.† We
need to do a better job monitoring.
seems that multiple pulls in an area are needed, when do you use an
Future discussion, possibly a training workshop.
vines grow back from the roots?†
Research is being done to determine if this is the
case.† We may have to wait until the
spring to test this.
Brenda Bates of Westchester:
Ward Pound Ridge has received Watershed Agricultural Council
forestry management plan and removal funding.††
The Park applied through a grant-like process for this forestry
management plan.† Recipients must be
located within the NYC watershed. †They
receive funding through the Ag Council in addition to the plan, $200 per acre
for invasive species eradication with $2,000 maximum.† Ward Pound Ridge will work on eradicating MAM
from 8 acres.† The money can go towards
any method of removal; herbicides, hiring labor for manual removal.† The Ag Council chooses recipients for this
aid twice a year. (NYC Watershed includes Putnam, Westchester, parts of Dutchess and Ulster)†
Lalita Malik of Dutchess
Environmental Management Committee (EMC) has issued an
interim report to the DC legislature.†
They have also sent letters and have been speaking with the property
owners in areas near the sites.† Town of LaGrange is going to take
the lead on the control there.† They have
scheduled an upcoming meeting to brief the Legislature. EMC may remain
coordinating agency, it is unclearÖ†
They are having trouble dealing with disposal.† It costs $3 a bag to incinerate the vine,
Disposal issue requires more research and further
discussion.† There are laws to keep yard
waste out of landfills or incinerators, we need a better solution. (Back yard
burning is regulated by towns)
- We should contact Director Robert Mungari
at the Division of Plant Industry in NY State Department of Agriculture
and Markets in Albany
- This is a PRISM issue; all invasives should be disposed of
carefully.† Maybe create special
colored bags for disposal.
- Master Gardener project could be growing cooked seeds to see
if they can be composted after sitting in black bags.† (Jeff
Gellar will work on this)
- It can be very difficult to burn after sitting
in bags and it is mush, brown slime, needs to be dried before burning.
- A MAM Removal was done on a large area of the
Joseph Clark Rail Trail in Sparkill/Blauvelt in
the utilities right of way
along the trail (just adjacent to where it goes under the PIP).† This was late in the
summer/early fall when the plants were full of berries. They had
responded via e-mail that they knew about the plant and disposal
requirements from several meetings they had attended but did not
answer how the plant was disposed of. It would be good to learn if
they have a mechanism for disposal.
Rick now estimates 50 acres on Jackson Creek, this is a newly discovered site in 200. There is also an
infestation in Town of Dover
near Wingdale near the CT border.
It was decided not to have a recognition ceremony at the County Legislature.
It is better to just give an education presentation in front of the
legislature. (Margie and Jeff will work on getting a
date to speak with the legislature)
Ed McGowan Update on
Reports at the meeting Ed attended in the fall in Delaware say that the weevils
eat mile-a-minute, keeping it under control when released in high numbers.† Weevils work so well that infestations look
like areas were hand-pulled.† The weevil
is currently being used in 7 other states.†
The release process has been going on for at least 4-5 years.† It is proving that the weevils disperse well.† The weevil will even cross water.† It crossed 2000 feet over the Ohio River. The weevils are also easily harvestable at a
release site and moved to other sites.
It all sounds promising, but permits are required to release
in NY.† The University
of Delaware is holding some for Ed to
release in New Jersey
just below the NY border.† Weevils may
not work well in wetlands because they overwinter in
leaf litter not in water.
process is moving forward, we need an APHIS PPQ permit and then we can get a
NYS permit to liberate fish or wildlife.
Biocontrol Sub-Committee is formed-† (If you would like
to join contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Naja Kruas
Lake is a doctoral †student researching
biocontrol of MAM.†
Here is a link to her research
It may take several years to get through the process.
The weevil works better when released in the early summer.
Review of the Brochure:
We need the new genus
Change it so Labels can go on the outside fold
Change seed viability from 5 years to 7 years
Include the new map
The website needs to be added
Include / update disposal information
Mention that it doesnít twine, doesnít strangle, and isnít
†††††† We had a
strategy session to discuss the resources and activities we have to put towards
our two main goals:
the extent of MAM
MAM from spreading beyond the 2007 extent
A complete logic model for the project will be posted at a