You won't want to miss the October chapter meeting!!! Our presenter is Ann R. Miller, author of 'Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams'. An article explaining Ann's passion for aquatic insects can be found in The Outdoor Journal.
The chapter meeting will be held October 8th starting at 6:30pm. It will be virtual and the meeting information will be added to this site a few days prior to the meeting.
If you missed our September meeting, our presenter was Steve Hopkins, CPM, Nonpoint Source Coordinator with the Iowa DNR. Steve presented 'Stream Sign Initiative'. You can read more about Steve at the following link: www.nelson.wisc.edu/news/story.php?story=3302
Japanese Knotweed eliminates other plant species, chokes streams, lakes, and land of their natural insects and nutrients. TU North Bear Chapter put forth an eradication effort in conjunction with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development. Eradication requires individually breaking down and injecting a killing chemical into each stalk or safe chemical application to prevent growth.
Our plan required volunteers to accomplish these tasks. However, only three people volunteered this summer and this inaction has led to expansive plant growth, thus making a more pervasive knotweed takeover. I am disappointed by the lack of interest and effort in this cause. As conservation chair, I hope people will believe in this important mission and help during our 2016 dates (to be determined).
You can learn more by following this link: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/47284. Project funding came from TU National through its Embrace-A-Stream grant, TU North Bear, TU Iowa Council and NE Iowa Conservation and Development. The following picture is on Paint Creek in the area of our focus: