By MJ Cadle
July 06, 2010
I was at Rotary Beach yesterday and noticed what I believe is
Japanese knotweed beginning to take hold. For those of you who
know knotweed, you know what a terrible thing this will be.
For those of you who don t, think plants with large leaves that
grow 15 feet high in one year and are so densely packed even
grass finds it hard to grow between. There is an excellent example
of what they are capable of doing as you go north around the
sharp corner just before the first Sunset Drive turnoff. That
dense growth on the right side is knotweed and only knotweed.
Now picture Rotary Beach looking like that. If knotweed takes
hold at Rotary Beach, it could and probably would completely
displace all the native shrubs there in just a few years completely
changing the face of Rotary Beach. It would wipe out the wildflowers
and get rid of the salmon berries, huckleberries and blueberries
that everyone enjoys picking.
I have notified Public Works and am hoping they or another group
will spearhead a planned (and it takes planning, not just pulling
with this plant) effort to eradicate the knotweed. If volunteers
are necessary, I am volunteering.
Received July 01, 2010 - Published
July 06, 2010
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