Published by the Spencer Evening World on 12/10/2014
Did you know that palmer amaranth, a fast-spreading and aggressive weed, has been reported in Clay County? Although no reports have been made for this invasive plant in Owen County, it’s only a matter of time before it gets here – unless we take action now. Invasive species of plants, also known as noxious weeds, are a threat to the beautiful natural resources of Owen County. They are often non-native and can outcompete our native plants for space and resources. Familiar examples include multiflora rose, garlic mustard, Canada thistle, bush honeysuckle, and autumn olive. These plants and pests can decrease native species, decrease diversity, and cost thousands of dollars in removal every year. The best way to control their spread is to educate everyone about how to identify them and how to properly remove and dispose of them.
The Owen County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with the Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management group (SICIM) to host a call-out meeting for residents interested in raising awareness for invasive species in our county. The goal of this group will be to help educate Owen County residents about the proper removal of invasive plants and pests on our farms, in our forests, and around our homes. Join us at the Nature Center inside McCormick’s Creek State Park on Saturday, December 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a free lunch. Speakers will include representatives from SICIM, Sycamore Trails RC&D, and the Owen County SWCD. Please RSVP to the Owen County SWCD by Friday, December 12 by calling 812-829-2605.