Environmental group, state to begin loosestrife
Jul 7, 2002
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- An environmental organization
is looking for volunteers to help survey counties along
Lake Michigan for an invasive plant species.
The state has not mapped the extent of purple loosestrife
since 1987, said Charlie Luthin, executive director
of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.
" Unfortunately I think the plant has gotten an even
greater foothold, " he said.
Purple loosestrife, introduced in eastern North America
in the early 1800s, has degraded wetlands by crowding
out native plants.
The association worked with the state to organize the
survey, which eventually will cover the rest of the
state. Volunteers will start the survey in the next few
weeks when the plants display their distinctive blooms,
The volunteers will give the results to the Great Lakes
Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which will map
the plant' s range.
After the survey, the association and the state will
train people how to grow and release bugs that feed on
On the Net:
Wisconsin Wetlands Association: http://www.wiscwetlands.org/wetlands.html