Mile-a-Minute Meeting 11/9/07
Summary by Laura Weyeneth
Lynn Barber -
Brenda Bates - Westchester County Parks
Jeff Geller -
Emilie Hauser - NYS DEC HRNERR
Elisabeth Kolb – NYS DOT
Ed McGowan - PIPC
John Mickelson - Landscape Ecology
Bob O’Brien - PIPC Minnewaska
Rick Oestrike - Fishkill Creek Watershed
George Profous - NYS DEC Forester
Mark Rogers -
Kelly Sheridan -
Laura Weyeneth - NYS DEC HRNERR SCA
Next MAM Meeting: January 11 at
Next Lower Hudson PRISM Meeting: December 11, 12:30 – 3 at
Lynn Barber burned bags of pulled MAM on her property – 4 plants grew from “escaped” seeds. Use extreme caution when transporting MAM. Burning on site is still recommended.
Kelly Sheridan and Emilie Hauser reported NY Regional Interconnect Project High Voltage lines across from Stewart are proposed to run all the way to Oneida Co. Infested power lines may transmit invasive species to other regions in NY State. This issue should be followed.
George Profous reported Smart
Growth Planning Money ($ ½ million) has been allocated for
Rowe's Farm, adjacent to
Hay is sold and distributed. Movement of crops may be of interest to spreading MAM.
Concern for Colony Farm’s hay crop was expressed.
GP and E.Kolb can send documents describing BMPs on decontaminating equipment.
2008 research: 4-H project potential – where do crops go? Farm Bureau connection
Ed McGowan will attend MAM biocontrol meeting at U Delaware on Nov.14. It is a meeting of all institutions and states involved in the stem-boring weevil, Rhinoncomimus latipes Korotyaev, releases. http://ag.udel.edu/enwc/research/biocontrol/mileaminute.htm
Weevils have already been released in 7 states. NJ has statewide permit for weevil release. Two broods can be released at any time during active season, but are most effective if released in spring. Weevils are not commercially available yet. The question was asked whether the weevils would affect other Polygonums, which is a huge genus. Ed will report at next meeting.
The new administration at Parks has set aside money for resource management.
Mark Rogers will have
Possible follow-up for 2008: Talk to Cornell about how to ensure that composting will kill MaM seeds.
Herbicides: There is pressure from some environmental groups to ban the use of herbicides on all state lands. NYS DEC is reviewing a proposed executive order. Troy Weldy (TNC) has prepared a white paper to justify herbicides. Audrey Thier is DEC contact.
We also mentioned Erik Kiviat’s “Phragmites Management Source Book for the Tidal Hudson River” – Report to the Hudson River Foundation.
The group discussed that steam has reportedly been a successful treatment for MaM.
Elisabeth Kolb reports that DOT has set funds aside to use Waipuna
an alternative to herbicides for roadside guiderail and sign treatments in Region
Note added later: For a TNC review of waipuna go to: http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/tools/hotfoam.html
Brenda Bates reports MAM is spreading all over Ward Pound Ridge. It’s popping up in fields and meadows which will be mowed next year. It is especially problematic along the river. Volunteers will be needed next year to hand pull the area where 500 tree seedlings were recently planted.
Matran 2, an organic herbicide did not kill MAM. In the first week after application, the plants shriveled then they came back more vigorously.
Note added later: Here are two links to Matran (clove oil is active ingredient)
“Both clove oil and vinegar desiccate (dry-out) plant shoots. A common clove oil product, Matran 5A (EcoSMART
Rick Oestrike reported that mile-a-minute debris was burned
on site at
How to attract more volunteers?
· Advertise MAM Pulls as habitat restoration work.
· Major corporations have volunteer days – have them pull MAM.
Restoration Efforts: This is the next step, right now we have relied on the existing seed bank. Could /should have volunteers pull and plant using native seed mixes? We could come up with a 1 pager consulting with Kevin Grieser/Trees for Tribs. Some plants are weed resistant – DOT uses peppermint and goldenrod. Cornell has a handbook.
Panel of restoration ecologists
Site Design – Vision, maintenance, oversight
At the September meeting it was agreed that volunteers would be recognized at
Rick will draft a letter to the legislators for distribution one week prior to ceremony.
Jeff will draft letter for
John and Lynn will draft
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