Knotweed Breaks Through Roads, and Gives You A Vehicle - Hannah Hudson
Japanese knotweed breaks through roads and foundations, but it gives local organizations a vehicle to start the conversation about other invasive species with people who otherwise might not care. A principle of Interpretation is that if something affects YOU, you'll pay more attention to it. The extensive damage JK is doing in the UK and here at home is catching the attention of homeowners and municipal staff alike because it comes with a hefty price tag and personal threat. "This could happen to you." Ultimately, the question of, "How did it get here?!" is asked, which opens the door to understanding concepts that apply to ALL of these invading organisms. Our newly formed CISMA is using the threat that Japanese knotweed poses to City Infrastructure as a tool to bring awareness of invasive species to new corners of the population. I would like to share pictures/findings/prevention measures from the UK.
Knotweed? Not here... - Mike Bald
Japanese knotweed infestations present a dilemma to landowners and treatment program managers- how to accomplish successful eradication despite strained budgets, limited labor, short time horizons, and constant risk of re-infestation. Early detection and watershed-wide coordination are vital to successful management, but innovative local governments can also look to economic positives to fund knotweed removal programs and generate community interest. This presentation highlights courses of action open to municipalities wishing to improve habitat, property values, soil conditions, and biodiversity. Non-toxic treatment methods allow land stewards to control Japanese knotweed while feeding the vegetative material into the local economy, the art scene, and even the food system. The goal of eradication, as with common buckthorn, is achieved via economic benefits supporting managed transition of the landscape. Communities direct connected actions in a loosely centralized, but safe and programmatic manner (a stewardship network) that binds people more closely with their valued landscapes.