Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown
Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.
Battling Invasive Plants on Public Properties – Nix the Knotweed & Other Organic Approaches
Knotweed tops the charts in calls and complaints, according to CT Invasive Plant Working Group. Fast-growing, aggressive, choking out riparian buffers and disturbed soils. Carbohydrate deprivation – cutting back the vegetative growth 3 times each growing season for 3 years, makes a considerable dent in stands, and can allow for native seedbanks to reestablish. But disposing of Knotweed stems and roots, which can readily resprout and spread, poses its own challenges. This problem with disposal of all invasive plant propagules in our state needs to be addressed by land managers.
Hear how multiple volunteer teams – land trusts, friends of preserves, protectors of town property and open spaces – have joined Nix the Knotweed effort to chop down and control Knotweed. Understanding plant life cycles is key. So is keeping volunteers motivated to come to chopping parties. But these parties have turned up kindred spirits and new volunteers. Hear what progress these teams are making on multiple fronts, including turning invasive plant propagules into bio char.
Diana Fiske, President, Friends of Whalebone Cove
Courtney MacDonald, Board Member, Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury
Suzanne Thompson, Coordinator, Nix the Knotweed
Michelle Royce Williams, Leader, East Lyme CT Vets Field Team
Resources and Handouts
“More than any other, this event galvanizes and strengthens our conservation efforts in Connecticut. We’ve been looking forward to a return to CLCC’s in-person conference for three years. That day is finally here!”
- Stuart Winquist, President, Middlesex Land Trust
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