Public Invited Saturday To Learn About Stopping Invasive Plants

Jun 12, 2019

Credit nps.gov

Newbold town hall Saturday is the site for a discussion on the increasing number of invasive plants in the Northwoods.

The town worked to identify invasive plants on their roads last summer and are now sharing results and updating residents on ways they can help. The event is being held in cooperation with the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership or WHIP.

WHIP coordinator Rosie Paige says the meeting will let the public know what Newbold workers found in the survey and how the public can help to stop bringing in nasty plants from elsewhere..

"..A lot of human activities related to recreation are starting to spread these invasives by seed around purely accidentally. After you go for a hike or a bike ride, if you look at your footwear or you look at your gear, there's often tiny little light-weight seeds sticking to us. Even our pets can spread these things around. So a big part of preventing the spread is brushing off gear and footwear to prevent establishing these things elsewhere...."

Among the other topics are identifying the high priority invasive plants in Newbold, best management practices, mowing operations, cleaning equipment, ways to prevent spreading these species and other topics.

Paige says invasive species cost millions of dollars and threaten tourism and economic activity in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, and non-native plants can spread like wildfire once established.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at the Newbold town hall north of Rhinelander.