Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Invasive Species Event - Early Detection; Rapid Response

A few months ago, I wrote a lonely blog about early detection and rapid response, invasives and this plant New Invasive; Early Detection; Rapid Response. I received no response, limited detection and no comments, but fortunately friends of the park are on patrol.

"Anacostia Watershed Society and MNCPPC, Prince Georges County,
will host 50 members of The International Finance Corporation, a branch
of the World Bank, at Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville June 21, 2007.

It will be an educational example of early detection/rapid response
for a continent. It is requested that MA-EPPC, MISC and NCR EPMT
GPS the site for Oplismenus inflorescence, Wavy-leaf basket grass
which is highly invasive and has just hit North America, before the
volunteers remove it from 9am-4pm.

This grass is very invasive in areas adjacent to wetlands and in edge wetlands
We can start with the 3 acres of infestation in the 150 acres of Little Paint
Branch Park in Beltsville and then continues GPS ing up and down stream
in the watershed.

We meet at the Beltsville Community Center parking lot in Little Paint Branch Park and can continue even with a little rain or heat. There are full indoor toilet facilities and a large seating area for lunch.

We take U.S. 1 north from the beltway. Go about 1 mile, passing the National Agricultural Research Center, and turn left at the light on Montgomery Rd. Go 3 blocks and turn left on Sellman Road. Go about 5 blocks and turn right into Little Paint Branch Park at the bottom of the hill. Cheers. Marc Imlay, PhDConservation biologist, Anacostia Watershed Society(301-699-6204, 301-283-0808 301-442-5657 cell)Board member of the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council,Hui o Laka at Kokee State Park, HawaiiVice president of the Maryland Native Plant Society,Chair of the Biodiversity and Habitat Stewardship Committeefor the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club"

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