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I am sending this to all of my contacts due to the severity of this issue. I realize that you all don't have a woodlot.
This is a nice little news report from Wausau.
Buckthorn and Garlic Mustard damage
The take away line is:
"This effects everything. That's why I said you know this could be the worst case since the Peshtigo fire in that we could lose a lot of our forest due to this," said Fincher.
The difference is that forests can regenerate after fires. There is no mechanism to regenerate after invasive infestations.
This is NOT an exaggeration. We are losing forest stands now, and it is only going to get worse. If you have a woodlot that is clear or minimally impacted, with diligence and work you should be able to keep it that way.
If you have any questions let me know.
Barron County Conservationist
Soil Conservation -- Getting running water to walk