Invasive plants of St. George: hands-on management and methods

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), also known as Touch-me-not.

On June 8 the St. George Conservation Commission, in collaboration with Blueberry Cove Camp, will host a program on identifying invasive plant species and removing them led by BCC director Ryan LeShane and Amanda Devine of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Mark your calendar, but look for specific information about start time on the Town of St. George website and in The Dragon and other midcoast publications closer to the date.

St. George’s Conservation Commission launched its Invasive Plants Initiative in 2018. One of the initiative’s first goals was to consult with Maine experts to identify the 12 top invasive plants in St. George. This “dirty dozen” includes Autumn Olive, Barberry (Common & Japanese), Black Swallowwort, Burning Bush, Glossy Buckthorn, Himalayan Balsam, Honeysuckle, Japanese Knotweed. Multiflora Rose, Norway Maple, and Oriental Bittersweet.

PHOTO: Jan Samanek, Phytosanitary Administration, Bugwood.org

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