Noxious weed survey receives positive response

According to Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt, the noxious and invasive weed survey is receiving a positive response. Putt has surveyed over 290 acres of land in finding the common Bush Honeysuckle and thistle plants on every site. As of the last Conservation District meeting, Monday, July 25, Putt has completed 11 of his 12 scheduled surveys. "I'm finding a lot of Bush Honeysuckle, the stuff seems to be everywhere in this county," Putt said. "Thistle of course is everywhere, bull thistle and the other thistles."Putt reported finding Japanese Knotweed on many of the sites."Japanese Knotweed is pretty common in this county as well," Putt said. "I think every site I was at, all 11 sites, had something on the site of one of the species or another."Putt's last of the 12 sites, a 475-acre plot, had to be rescheduled due to heavy rains."Weed surveys are going well so far," Putt said. "Everyone I have talked to has been real responsive and very encouraging as far as an interest in more conservation issues."Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.