Friday, February 24, 2012

Launching the eXtension Invasive Species Community of Practice (CoP)

Launching the eXtension Invasive Species Community of Practice (CoP)
February 26th, 2012, the first day of
National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW).
The Invasive species CoP is a national website at This website is designed to connect and mobilize audiences and parties through an Invasive Species Learning and Action Network. It is through this network that the Invasive Species CoP seeks to involve or connect Cooperative Extension invasive species educators, researchers, outreach and communications experts from leading universities across the USA with Master Gardeners, outdoor hobbyists, natural resources professionals and decision makers throughout the United States.
You are invited to join the Invasive Species CoP in eXtension. If you have any questions about the CoP; if you would like to submit an article or invasive species profile; or add links to the educational resources please contact Karan Rawlins at
Instructions to Join:
1.            Go to
2.            Click 'Join Community'
3.            Don't have an eXtension ID? Get one at

Monday, February 6, 2012

Invasive Running Bamboo

Running bamboo and clumping bamboo are the two types of bamboo commonly sold and planted in the United States. Bamboos rarely produce fertile seed here, but they have still managed to become an invasive problem. The genus Phyllostachys, a running bamboo, has nine species that have been reported invasive at some time. Infestations of golden bamboo (P. aurea) and yellow groove bamboo (P.  aureosulcata) are reported  most often, with Japanese timber bamboo (P. bambusoides) and black bamboo (P. nigra) infestations reported less often. The running bamboos get their name from the fact that they spread via underground rhizomes and some species spread incredibly quickly. They can be difficult and costly to control. In some areas they have been listed as a noxious weed.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2nd Ed. of the CWMA Cookbook for Eastern USA

Kate Howe and the folks of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network have completed the second edition of the  "CWMA Cookbook: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Develop a Cooperative Weed Management Area in the Eastern United States".

Download your copy today