Invasive knotweed in Derry prompts push to stop it
Commission member James Arruda said he’s been in touch with IT Director Doug Rathburn about creating a town map highlighting conservation areas, bodies of water and other town-owned areas. The conservation commission could then use that map to pinpoint areas of invasive infestation to control the species and inform residents.
Over the past year, the conservation commission has undertaken an aggressive campaign to highlight the prevalence of and problems associated with invasive species, especially the Japanese knotweed.
One major issue associated with knotweed — as opposed to some other species — is that cutting it only causes it to spread.
Ives noted that anyone who wants to know what the Japanese knotweed looks like should visit the town’s transfer station.
“If you drive in and look to left and the right, you will see plenty of knotweed,” she said. “We don’t want it and it’s growing abundantly.”
“My goats eat it,” said commission member Paul Doolittle.
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