News

 

Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) has added a new invasive species to their listings.

MIPAG has designated hardy kiwi, Actinidia arguta, as Likely Invasive - (Read More)

 

Article from the Metrowest Daily News on use of beetles to control purple loosestrife.

Sudbury: Beetles released into wetlands devour nuisance weed - (Read more)

 

A Wall Street Journal article on dogs sniffing out invasive plants

"Forget Drugs, These Dogs Sniff Out a Different Kind of Evil Weed"

 

PHOTOS: Audubon pulling water chestnuts in Sudbury - an article from the Metrowest Daily News

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SuAsCo CISMA and Walden Woods Project present third seminar on October 17th at 7 PM.

"The Control and Management of Invasive Plants"  by Jeffrey Taylor (Professional Vegetation Manager)

Jeff has worked for the last 16 years on the control of invasive plants. He is a Certified ISA and State of N.H. Arborist; he is a Certified Herbicide Applicator in all of the New Engalnd States. He has served Federal, various state and municipal agencies, conservation and land trusts and private landowners.

For further information read or download the announcement poster.

 

2014 SuAsCo CISMA Annual Fall Meeting - November 11, 2014 3 pm - 5 pm 

The Annual Fall meeting was held at the ARNWR Vistor Center.

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Assabet Pulling Together- Year One, Karen Riggert
Beetle Rearing in Chelmsford 2014, Alison LeFlore
Mile A Minute 4 Years Later, Ron Gemma
Westborough Community Land Trust, Marge Fisher

 

2014 SuAsCo CISMA Annual Spring Meeting - March 11, 2014 3 pm - 5 pm 

The Annual Fall meeting was held at the ARNWR Vistor Center.

Russ Cohen presented "“Edible Wild Plants (Native and otherwise) in the SuAsCo Watershed”.

View Russ's List of edible native plants in Mass. Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada

Go to Russ Cohen's website for additional information

 

2013 SuAsCo CISMA Annual Fall Meeting - November 12, 2013 3 pm - 5 pm 

The Annual Fall meeting was held at the ARNWR Vistor Center.

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Three Years of Hand Pulling Water Chestnuts from Two Ponds in Acton - Bettina Abbe (Town of Acton)

Which Willow? Non-native Gray Willow (Salix cinerea) - Amanda Weise (NEWFS)

 

SuAsCo CISMA and Walden Woods Project present third seminar on October 17th at 7 PM.

"Taking on Invasives: Invasive Forest Beetles"  by Jennifer Forman-Orth, Ph.D. (Mass. Dept of Agricultural Resources)

For further information read or download the announcement poster.

 

Training for the raising of Galerucella beetles  -  Sessions on June 28th & 29th, 9 AM - 1 PM

Location:    680 Hudson Road Sudbury, MA (map)
Description:   The SuAsCo CISMA would like 10 organizations within the SuAsCo watershed to rear Galerucella beetles in 2014 and 2015 as part of the Nyanza settlement. Each organization will receive around $7,000/ year to help with the cost of supplies, staff time, and seasonal help if needed. The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a teaching rearing facility in 2013 from March - June so interested parties can learn the process and gain some "hands on" experience.
If this is a project your organization would like to be involved in, register with Amber by email or phone (978-443-4661 x33). As always, please contact me if you have ANY questions!

Raising Galerucella beetles for Purple Loosestrife treatment - Video

 

SuAsCo CISMA and Walden Woods Project present second seminar on May 16th at 7 PM.

For further information read or download the announcement poster.

View Jess Toro's presentation: Taking On Invasives, Battles Won and Lost

 

OARS seeks to hire two interns who will start work on May 20th.

For application information go to www.oars3rivers.org or download this announcement. Apply now.

 

2013 SuAsCo CISMA Annual Spring Meeting - March 12,2013

The Spring meeting was held at the ARNWR Vistor Center, 680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA

The guest speaker was Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist for the New England Wildflower Society. Her topic was:

21st Centry Tools for Tackling Invasive Plants: Identify, Prioritize, Mobilize

Stinging Nettle Balls recipe provided by Russ Cohen.

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2012 SuAsCo CISMA Annual Fall Meeting - November 13, 2012 3 pm - 5 pm 

The Annual Fall meeting was held at the Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA.

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Mass. Fish & Wildlife Recommends Avoiding Invasive Plants in Holiday Decorations

During holiday seasons, many people use plant material they have gathered from their yard or neighborhood to decorate their houses or businesses. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) highly recommend that people avoid using exotic, invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) in holiday decorations.

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CISMA partners with the DOT Baystate Roads Program on an Invasive Plant Management Workshop

Come to this workshop to learn how to improve your management results and cut costs. You will learn to identify the most common roadside invasive species, see best management practices for both control and prevention, and discuss the issues associated with vegetation management plans on right-of-ways. The course within the SuAsCo watershed is at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

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Goats control invasive plants

See the Boston Globe article, "Four-legged weed machines", of June 10 at:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2012/06/09/wellesley-employs-goats-devour-invasive-plants-boulder-brook-reservation/ujRVHqiqavdzGYff7JbNKK/story.html

 

The Bittersweet Challenge

An interview regarding the Bittersweet Challenge was aired on the Living on Earth radio program. Who can find the biggest Oriental Bittersweet vine?

(see  http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=12-P13-00023#feature7)

 

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Lincoln Conservation Department sponsor a yearly Garlic Mustard Pull Days

Lincoln conservation groups sponsor yearly Garlic Mustard Pull Days and this is the fourth annual one. Through the efforts of citizen volunteers and town groups hundreds of bags of garlic mustard are collected, which helps protect Lincoln’s fields, woods and neighborhoods from this aggressive, invasive weed.

 
Acton volunteers remove Garlic Mustard this spring

In Acton, volunteers have been working for the last few years to remove Garlic Mustard plants from Acton's conservation areas. For a few weeks each spring, when the plant has shot up to easy picking height, but before it goes to seed, we pick dozens of bags. Volunteers can sign up at actoninvasives.org.

http://acton.patch.com/blog_posts/weeding-in-the-woods-happy-earth-day

 
New Smartphone App Now Available to Boost Invasive Species Data Collection across Massachusetts

Thanks to a new collaboration between the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), efforts to combat potentially devastating invasive species are succeeding. Now an App is available to anyone with a iPhone or Android smartphone or a digital camera, so they can help scientists collect valuable data about invasive species throughout Massachusetts.

Find the App on the CPPA website:  http://masswoods.net/outsmart

Also check out this engaging youtube video promoting the smartphone applications:
http://www.youtube.com/user/OutsmartProject

See the CPPA - UMass Outsmart Project press release