If you missed the January 14th presentation on Land-based Climate Solutions, you can still watch a recording of the meeting. Thank you to Emily Martin from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for the presentation.
Iowa is experiencing more frequent severe precipitation events, increasing temperatures, and other changes to our climate. The state’s soil and water resources are being stressed by these climatic changes, and action needs to happen now to conserve our resources. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is investigating the role that land-based climate solutions can play in not only conserving, but regenerating our natural resources. Emily will discuss steps INHF is taking to better understand land-based climate solutions and their stacked benefits on water, soil, and wildlife.
Emily Martin is the Conservation Programs Coordinator for Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, leading INHF's Land-Based Climate Solutions program and all water research projects. Emily joined INHF shortly after completing her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Iowa State University in 2018. Her expertise is in water quality, nutrient mitigation, and organic chemistry.
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This picture shows extensive coverage of Japanese Knotweed in and near Paint Creek, Allamakee County. I am manually doing one of the first step eradication methods. Notice the height (can grow to over 7’) and extensive ground coverage.
Ecological Threat: Japanese knotweed spreads to form dense thickets eliminating normal vegetation (and for fishers) plants and insects necessary for healthy water. It can pose a significant threat to stream side, stream themselves and lakes.
Trout Unlimited North Bear Chapter is coordinating its eradication effort with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development.
Volunteers are needed to implement eradication efforts. Eradication volunteer dates are: TBD 2017
During the volunteer times people typically will be bending Japanese Knotweed in preparation for an herbicide treatment. If we are not bending, we will be applying herbicide by either stem injection or with hand or backpack sprayers. We are working to eliminate Japanese Knotweed from the Paint Creek Watershed and due to its extremely invasive nature if not controlled it will spread and take over the stream corridor.
To volunteer in the future and for us to plan accordingly, contact Josh Dansdill or (563) 864.7112