Interstate Mile-a-Minute Meeting

February 7, 2007  IPC Conference – Albany, NY


Meeting presentations and other materials will be on the website:




Betsy Blair and Emilie Hauser of NYS DEC opened the meeting.


Handouts: Several handouts were available: 

  • Responses to pre-meeting survey
  • List of pre-registrants
  • Maps of 2006 Mile-A-Minute effort, lower Hudson, northeast and lower Hudson and CT. The mapped occurrence in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County NY, is a mistake; there is no Mile-M-Minute there. Northeast map shows new occurrence in Pennsylvanian in Cameron and Potter counties.
  • Lower Hudson Mile-A-Minute flyer
  • Hudson Valley Mile-A-Minute Regional Contacts
  • Weed Alert from Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture
  • Mile-A-Minute Weed Pest Alert from US Dept. of Agriculture


Introductions: Those present went around the room and introduced themselves.
See list of people who signed in at the end of this summary.


Lower Hudson Effort: Emilie Hauser NYSDEC HRNERR

Presented maps with MAM distribution in the NY Metro Region, Lower Hudson Valley and Iona Island.

Explained history of the MAM project to eradicate the vine when possible and halt it’s expansion using Early Detection / Rapid Response.

This is a long-term effort >5 years which consists of having regional coordinators, weed watchers, weed busters and weed monitors.

We have not yet tapped into these groups:

Utility right of ways (electricity & RR)

Large private landowners

Commercial landscaping companies

Private foresters

Nurseries, garden stores, horticulturists

Recreationists: geocaching, orienteering, birding groups.



Southern New England update: Les Merhoff of IPANE

Maps of Connecticut and Rhode Island were presented.

A reporting mechanism is needed

Education is really important

CT Plant Working Group forming a task force for record keeping

Joint state regional effort is important

Plants can be pulled even after they set seeds in order to get as many plants out as possible.

Heavy bags should be used to avoid puncture and make sure debris is incinerated

Target area – coastal CT


Pennsylvania and New Jersey Update:  Laura Weyeneth, NYS DEC HRNERR, Student Conservation Association

This update is based on telephone conversation with NJ and PA contacts.

Pennsylvania’s newest infestation was found in 2006 in Cameron and Potter counties, near Sinnemahoning State Park. In this region, a task force has been organized by Melissa Bravo, the state botanist, to respond to new occurrences. Research on a biological control agent, a stem-boring weevil, is underway. These weevils have been released in test plots in Chester County.

Jim Bean of BASF noted that a new infestation was found in Pittsburgh in 2006.


The NJ Invasive Species Council was recently formed. A draft report is due in June. MAM has been reported in many locations; basically it is not in the Pine Barrens.  There are no maps available. Biocontrol has been implemented.





Education is key!

Have more MAM volunteer training workshops

Press releases for new incursions with photos for identification

Have brochures at trailheads and with volunteer crews for curious onlookers




            Need for a reporting mechanism – online database

-          New York is currently using Invasive Plant Council of New York (IPC)

-          IPANE’s database is being managed by CIESIN at Lamont-Doherty

-          IPANE has an on-line reporting form

-          National Biological Information Infrastructure’s  (NBII) Northeast Information Node is at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), at Lamont Doherty.  John Michelson reported that they have monthly invasive species telecoms to discuss “urgent” regional issues

GPS tracking is best, to get accurate locations


Need to include negative and positive occurrences

Modeling can be done to predict future potential sites







Opportunity for federal legislature to fund interstate effort

If we do our homework and reporting right, there is potential to raise awareness and get funding



Brain-storming on what actions to take regarding education and outreach included:


National Resource and Conservation Service RCS

Town highway personnel – road crews

State DOTs

Schools K-12 curriculum – need to spread the word

Nurseries and landscapers

Local cable channels

NY/NJ Invasive Taskforce meeting with CIECIN

NBII monthly teleconferences – opportunity to raise MAM issue

US Forest Service

List serve - Cynthia Boettner – New England 1000 + members

Front line – landowners

Mailing included in all tax bills

Contact utility companies to include info in brochures sent out with bills

Public service announcements (television and radio)  – target MAM, invasives in general




Interstate commissions, watershed based


Model the Japanese knotweed working group – participate in regular conference calls


Les Mehrhoff is talking with Federated Garden Clubs in Greenwich, CT

This effort could be expanded to Westchester, Stamford, other sites in Fairfield Co.

Try to get clubs to do outreach – use their help to spread word to neighbors





A clearinghouse is needed on a website, for teaching modules, power point presentations, a movie or short video, newspaper article example. Information needs to be easily accessible. HRNERR is maintaining a site at



Naja Kraus (not present), the Invasive Plants Program Coordinator of NYSDEC Lands and Forests, has submitted applications to get FIFRA 2(ee) recommendations for three herbicides for use with mile-a-minute: Goal 2 XL, Rodeo and Vegetation Manager Ticlopyr 3SL. In New York State, herbicides must list the exact plant name or have a FIFRA 2(ee) recommendation; otherwise only herbicides with generic label language can be used.



More fine scale mapping of occurrences for control purposes

Hand pull vs. herbicide

Prioritize sites


Best management practices need to be followed: avoid spreading seeds when pulling, transporting seeds on clothing, tools, equipment and vehicles, proper bagging, effective disposal (cooking in bag, incineration, burning).





NY/NJ meeting focusing on MAM – John Michelson will host

George Profus has teaching module available for website
John Michelson offered to arrange for the NBII monthly invasive species telecom to be on mile-a-minute.






Carlos Basualdo


James Bean

BASF Corporation

Betsy Blair


Cynthia Boettner

Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Cheri Brunault


Michael Byer

National Park Service

Mike Callan

NYS DEC Division of Lands & Forests

Ann-Marie Caprioli


Betsy Corrigan

Connecticut Invasive Plants Working Group

Jason Denham


Debra Dunbrook


Christa Fine

Iroquois Gas

Jane Fisher

NYS Thruway Authority

Dave Forness


Kris Gilbert

NYSDOT - Region 9

Andrea Greco


Douglas Gutierrez


Emilie Hauser


Anne Hunter

Wave Hill

Michael Irvine

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Chris Kenyon

Scenic Hudson

Sarah Lazazzero


Barbara Lucas-Wilson

NYS DEC Lands and Forests

Betsy Lyman

National Park Service: NE Exotic Plant Mgmt Team

Les Mehrhoff


 John Mickelson

CIESIN Columbia University

Paulina Mohamed

Wave Hill

Elizabeth Novak

NYS Thruway Authority

Robert O'Brien

NYS Parks

Justin A. Perry


Don Peters

NYS Parks

George Profous


Jeff Rider


Richard Ring

NY Natural Heritage Program

Mark Rogers


Richard Rommel


Gregg Sargis


Lou Sebesfa


Katrina Shindledecker


Angela Marie Sirois

The Nature Conservancy

Leslie Surprenant


Jacob Thompson

Student Conservation Assoc. NYS Parks

Priscilla Titus

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

Wendy VanDerBogart

NYS Parks

Troy Weldy

The Nature Conservancy

Tim Wenskus

New York City Parks - Natural Resources

Laura Weyeneth


Meg Wilkinson




Information from folks that could not attend.



Thomas Almendinger ( of Duke Farms Foundation in New Jersey:

“A publication called AN OVERVIEW OF NONINDIGENOUS PLANT SPECIES IN NEW JERSEY  By New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Natural and Historic Resources Group  Parks and Forestry, Office of Natural Lands Management Natural Heritage Program details certain locations in NJ where mile-a-minute has been found.  I have personally observed a minor invasion in Readington Township in NJ last year.”




Kathleen Nelson ( of Mad Gardeners in Connecticut


“Mad Gardeners, Inc, a region-wide not-for-profit organization of professional and amateur gardeners, has set up a committee to raise funds to mount an early detection/ rapid response to the presence of outlier populations in New Milford, CT and adjacent towns. We 'NIMBYs' have not achieved what we hoped working as an ad hoc group of volunteers in 2005 and 2006. This year we plan to hire two interns, probably college students, and attack the problem early, with all the resources we can muster. We are attempting to raise $40,000 for the 2007 summer project. I hope that this emergency action by a small group of dedicated volunteers will be a temporary action until a broader-based organization can take over. We were delighted to hear from Les Mehrhoff last week that he want CIPWG to form a task force.    I'll send you our fund-raising letter and photo-map file in a separate e-mail. We have just begun to raise funds. During preliminary conversations, we have had an excellent response from many concerned landowners and some environmental organizations. All they need to do is see that terrifying photo taken near Philadelphia. I think we may achieve fundraising goal. “



Len Krauss (  NYS Parks in Caumsett  Long Island


“We have approximately 5 areas of the weed that is temporarily confined to this area.  However it is expected to increase in size this year.”



Summary notes prepared by

Laura Weyeneth

Emilie Hauser

and Ann-Marie Caprioli

NYS DEC  HRNERR 845-889-4745