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Newbold officials announce invasive plant training

Do you live in or near Newbold, either year-round or seasonally? The town of Newbold would like to invite all interested residents to learn more about the invasive plants that are found on their county roadways. A session will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Newbold Town Hall, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP), and everyone is welcome to attend, organizers said in a press release. The town worked to identify invasive plants on their county roads in the summer of 2018 and is now sharing results and updating residents on ways they can help.

On Saturday, members of both the town and WHIP will be present to explain these interesting issues, such as:

• How invasive species spread along roads and transportation corridors

• Which invasive plants are of high priority for Newbold

• Best management practices for transportation (from the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council)

• Suggestions for timing mowing operations

• Cleaning equipment where possible

• Ways to prevent the spread of these species

• Specific outreach material for Newbold

Invasive species cost millions of dollars and threaten tourism and economic activity in Wisconsin's Northwoods, and non-native plants can spread like wildfire once established. For example, Spotted Knapweed invades farmers' fields, chokes out livestock forage and doesn't allow native seeds to germinate. In nearby counties, road crews must avoid plants like Wild Parsnip along roadsides or risk getting burns on exposed skin. Even school students see fewer birds because Buckthorn has overrun their school forest and eliminated native nesting habitat.

"If you've ever noticed thistles, knapweed, or another weedy plant popping up along the roadside, this is the session for you," the release states. "Learn which species to watch for and where they are found in Newbold. Together we can prevent the spread!"

For more information, contact WHIP Coordinator Rosie Page at 313-590-4419 or or Ed Hammer (Town of Newbold) at or 715-581-2573.

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