Mile-a-Minute Project of the Hudson Valley

Meeting Minutes for February 15th Meeting

Rockland County CCE, Stony Point, NY




  • PRISM 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 (


  • Northeast 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:


  • 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'


Dates for meetings this year:

(First Fridayís for each month except July)

  • March 6th Short meeting at Black Rock, please arrive early ~ 12 noon.
  • April 4th
  • May 2nd
  • June 6th
  • August 1st
  • Sept 5th
  • Oct 3rd
  • Nov 7th



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 accomplished.



Questions raised:

  • How is a site defined?

Margie says, If people who are going to remove it canít see another patch from the first patch, it

is recorded as another site,

Bob says, Occurrences are sites within a macro-plot.

Lynn says, Property boundaries also make new sites, especially for small residential lots.


  • Are sites new or newly discovered?

We canít tell.We need to do a better job monitoring.


  • It seems that multiple pulls in an area are needed, when do you use an herbicide?

Future discussion, possibly a training workshop.


  • Can 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.


Updates from Counties:


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 County:

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)


Disposal Suggestions:

  • We should contact Director Robert Mungari at the Division of Plant Industry in NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets in Albany (518) 457-2087)
  • 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.


Rockland County:

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 the biocontrol:

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.


UPDATE: Permitting 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

  • Ed McGowan
  • Meredith Taylor
  • Benjamin Crusou
  • Naja Kruas


Ellen 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 woody.






Strategy Session:

†††††† We had a strategy session to discuss the resources and activities we have to put towards our two main goals:


  • Know the extent of MAM
  • Keep MAM from spreading beyond the 2007 extent


A complete logic model for the project will be posted at a later date.