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E-M:/ RE: / Loosestrife

Enviro-Mich message from "Harris, Craig" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu>

can you say more about why you don't think the answer is in importing alien
bugs to eat the plants . . . that would seem to offer a more enduring
solution than the decapitation/roundup approach

craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan state university
429b berkey hall
east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
tel:  517-355-5048
fax:  517-432-2856

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> From: 	kbrown@wnol.net[SMTP:kbrown@wnol.net]
> Reply To: 	kbrown@wnol.net
> Sent: 	Monday 26 July 1999 11:04 AM
> To: 	enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject: 	E-M:/ Loosestrife
> I grew up visually impaired.  I saw the world thru Monet eyes; soft blurry
> colors of summer included chickory blue, yellows, white of Queen Ann's
> Lace and the beautiful maroon of poison sumac.  As an adult after eye
> surgery the world is in clear focus.  Every where I look I see a bright
> luminous fuchia.  This is not a Michigan color.  Reading about
> loosestrife, knowing the damage it has caused across the state in the last
> 5 years, I am appalled at it's appearance in Humbug Marsh this summer.  I
> am angry that this last coastal marsh is not only threatened by
> developers, under constant stress from the dirty factories which surround
> it, but now must at last die by loosestrife.  It occurred to me that I
> have not lost my hands, my legs are strong, I can read a label and the
> input I would like from EM is this.  Can anyone give me 3 reasons to not
> walk the conservation easement, clip the head off this lovely but invasive
> plant (placing same in canvas bag for removal) and inserting the living
> plant stem into a bottle of RoundUp.  Here are the givens: long sleeves,
> long pants, gloves, no spraying as offenders are snuggled in with
> cattails.  Comments are welcome but I am not going to wait long.  Comment
> period ends Thurs.  I can't wait for the government (state or fed) to do
> something, they can't and won't.  I don't think the answer is in importing
> alien bugs to eat the plants either.  I think I can destroy 300 plants now
> but will have a little problem getting ahead of 30,000 next year.
> Comments welcome. Kathleen 

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