Japanese knotweed: fighting the spread

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Learn about Japanese Knotweed, the invasive plant that is taking over Catskill streambanks, at a virtual program Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. sponsored by the Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville.

In this virtual only program, learn how Japanese knotweed is able to grow so quickly and discover what you can do to help fight the spread. Given by Watershed Planning Coordinator at the Rondout Neversink Stream Management Program Haley Springston, it includes an update on the latest treatment efforts being carried out by the stream program along Chestnut Creek and the upper Rondout Creek. She will review the history of the spread of Japanese knotweed, explain how it can be quickly identified, discuss recommended management options and present findings from the recent walkover survey.

Admission to the program is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. This is a virtual-only program. To register and receive a program link, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org and put Japanese knotweed Zoom Link Request in the subject line, or call 845 985-7700. Non-members can make a donation on the museum’s website: timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

More about the Rondout Neversink Stream program and Japanese knotweed: 

This summer, the Rondout Neversink Stream Program conducted an invasive species survey along the Chestnut Creek and Upper Rondout Creek to identify and map the presence of Japanese knotweed. Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing highly invasive plant that quickly out-competes native vegetation and takes over streambanks. It disturbs native ecosystems by replacing our native trees and shrubs, restricts recreation by preventing access to streambanks with thick overcrowded growth, and can damage infrastructure.

Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main Street in Grahamsville, is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. through September. Admission for adults is suggested at $5, children under 16 $2, and children under six, free. 

For more information call 845 985-7700, e-mail info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

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