Purple loosestrife infestation at the Sable Oaks Golf Course in South Portland.
This was the first site that YCSWCD did a Gallerucella beetle release.
In June 2005 York County Soil & Water
was awarded a grant through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. The
Expanding Southern Maine Community Invasive Plant Control Phase 1 project
encompassed developing an Integrated Pest Management plan (IPM), creating a
steering committee, hosting workshops for ID & control of noxious weeds as well
as distribution of education materials. We are also working with Noble High
School to incorporate invasives in their curriculum.
The following is a review written by a student in Mr.
Perks class at Noble High School after a presentation given by YCSWCD's Heather
Dionne regarding Invasive Plants
Dionne from York County Soils & Water District on Invasive Species had a really
good point. What she said was the some companies and people accidentally spread
invasive plants around the state, like Japanese Knotweed. What the plant would
do is take over the surrounding environment because they have no competition. I
agree with what she said, because that stuff happens all the time. A company
will send out sand or soil for a house they’re making, and there will be an
invasive plant or seeds in it, without them knowing."
Phase 2 of this grant
began in the spring of 2008.
If you are interested in learning more
about Invasive Terrestrial Plants please click on the links below:
As a Maine Resident,
Why Should I Care About Invasives?
YCSWCD through the NFWF grant
Invasives Information for
Defining Native Species
Maine Invasive Plant
for Invasive Plants
Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant
Invaders of Natural Areas
Regulations for Biological Control of
Insects in New England
New England Wildflower Society
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)
Integrated Pest Managment Info (IPM)
IPM for Maine Schools
Permit info for purchasing or
Invasive Plants you might have in your
Common & Glossy Buckthorn
Japanese Knotweed (Mexican Bamboo)
Common Reed (Phragmites)
Multiflora Rose (Rambler
Mile-a-Minute Weed (Devil's
Perrenial Pepper Weed