Sunday, December 23, 2012

Some bamboos run into legal barriers - legislative updates - a wicked inconvenience

The noxious, invasive in some places invasive bamboo wars continue to grow and spread. In some sense they are 'popping up' as fast as the plant they have identified as their number one here and now enemy of the personal good.

The local weed warriors are challenged because their needs are not obvious to the disinterested rest of us, and because recent history has made an artificial division between agriculture's noxious weeds and ecology's invasive species. To the beleaguered property owner it is all the same destructive incursion and infestations that deny them the use of their property.  

Local and state government are slow to act because they count voted and so far the documented infestations of problematic bamboo are dwarfed by species such as mile-a-minutebuffelgrass, tamarisk and kudzu, and because the invaded properties do not yet equal a constituency that can sway elections - mostly because it is fragmented and divided as to particular species of concern or method of control. 

Who should pay to clean up the mess is the large elephant in our national political discussion from guns to energy, bamboo to atmospheric gas ratios, we have met the enemy and it is us. We do not want to pay for what we throw over our garden fences whether at the scale of an individual, a corporation or a nation-state.

We face a wicked inconvenience - plants that seem to misbehave are symptoms of our own unwillingness to take responsibility for our own actions. 

UPDATED 12-16- 2012                                                                                  INSTITUTE OF INVASIVE  BAMBOO  RESEARCH
1. Dover, DE                                                                                             Bamboo Ban
2.Smyrna, DE                                                                                          10 foot set back
3.Lewis Park   Newark, DE                                                                    Bamboo Ban – destroying tennis court

New York:
4.Hempstead, NY                                                                                   Bamboo Ban                                                                   
5.Brookhaven, NY                                                                                  Bamboo Ban                                                           
6. Smithtown, NY                                                                                   10 foot set back                                                    
7. Village of Branch, NY                                                                        10 foot set back                                                    
8. Saltaire, NY                                                                                         Bamboo Ban                                                       
9. Greenport Village, NY                                                                       Bamboo Ban                                                  
10.Oyster Bay, NY                                                                                                                                                       
11.Long Beach, NY                                                                                                                                                            

12. Woodsburgh, NY                                                                            Bamboo Ban                                   
13.Babylon Village, NY                                                                         Bamboo Ban
14.New York *called upon to add to states invasive list               unanimous vote           
15. Islip, NY                                                                                            proposed                                                                        
16.Lake Grove, NY                                                                                                                  
17.Huntington, NY                                                                               proposed Dec 18 2012 resolution hearing                                                                                                               
18. Ocean Beach, Fire Island, NY                                                      Bamboo Ban                                                 

New Jersey:
19.Wall, NJ                                                                                                          
20. Raritan, NJ                                                                                      proposed                                                                         
21.Toms River, NJ                                                                                                                     
22.Brick, NJ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
23.Lacey, NJ                                                                                                                                                   
24.Lake Como, NJ                                                                                 proposed                                                            
25.Manchester, NJ                                                                                                                                                  
26.Long Branch, NJ                                                                                                       
27. Concord, PA                                                                                       10 foot set back
28.West Bradford, PA                                                                             40 foot set back
29.Rutledge, PA                                                                                       10 foot set back                            
30.Haverford, PA                                                                                                             
31.Middletown, PA                                                               
32.Rose Valley, PA                                                                                   proposed                                                            
33.Montgomery Township, PA                                                             proposed                                           
34. Doylestown, PA                                                                                 Bamboo classified Noxious - height 8 inches                        

35.Mount Rainier, MD                                                                            Bamboo Ban proposed            
36.Cambridge, MD                                                                                    proposed    
37.College Park, MD                                                                                               

38.Cambridge, MA                                                                                    proposing possible ban

North Carolina:
39.Carolina Beach, NC                                                                                  proposed                

Rhode Island:
40.Nether Providence, RI                                                                             10 foot set  back         

41. Loma Linda, Ca                                                                                        Nuisance abatement                                                                                                                      


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