Project: Invasive Plant Control - Japanese Knotweed - 2005
Location: Along the Batten Kill in Manchester, VT
Timeframe: July 2005
Partners: Clearwater and Adirondack Chapters of Trout Unlimited, the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance, Bennington County Conservation District, Adirondack (NY) Nature Conservancy
Problem Description: Control of invasive species of plants is an important issue throughout our ecosystems. The riparian and aquatic ecology can be damaged when such species as Japanese knotweed and honeysuckle replace native species like red osier dogwood, silky dogwood, and black willows. Wherever possible it is important to remove or lessen the spread of the invasives and plant the natives along streams. This preserves the access to native vegetation for insects, birds, and other forms of wildlife. Japanese knotweed is especially destructive and hard to remove. Knotweed can spread from small pieces of stem and even leaves, as well as roots and seeds. It replaces native species along river banks and is more easily torn out during high water, creating unstable banks and loss of land.
Project Work Completed: Partners participated in a project to control Japanese Knotweed along the Batten Kill River in Manchester VT. Under the leadership of Steven Flint, Invasive Species Specialist at the Adirondack (NY) Nature Conservancy, and Shelly Stiles, Director of the Bennington County (VT) Conservation District, volunteers cut and treated several colonies of knotweed and removed about 10 full bags of cuttings.
Photos: Photos in the slideshow show cut stalks of Japanese Knotweed and members of the work crew from the July 2005 project.
Notes: Any riparian landowner who believes that they may have invasive bushes like knotweed or honeysuckle on their property are encouraged to contact the Alliance to discuss options to identify and if necessary, control it and to replace it with healthy native species.