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RE: [RC] Interesting article on Spread of Weeds by Horses - Bob Morris

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The AERC Research Grants Committee is sponsoring a study by the University of Wisconsin titled Are horses responsible for invasive plants in the eastern United States?
The interim results are proving similar to the study being conducted by Dominican. There has been several updates on this work in the EN and we expect to see additional articles soon.
Bob Morris
Chair, AERC Research Grants Committee

Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID

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From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kristen A Fisher
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:29 AM
To: KimFue@xxxxxxx; ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [RC] Interesting article on Spread of Weeds by Horses

I know this reply is about 2 weeks old but I have been confined to reading revenue-related emails and not RC so I am just catching up on this. Can someone remind me what grants AERC has funded to to similar studies and where? I thought the Grant Committee had approved something like this a while back and can't remember the details - it would be interesting to compare procedures and results.
Also, it seems weird to me that all the "alien invaders" they reference are from other *continents*. I would suspect that horses are not the ones bringing these weeds from abroad???
And just to throw in a ringer, I saw a feature about this issue on TV a few months ago:
Cartels Use Sequoia National Forest to Grow Pot
Wild West: Drug cartels thrive in US national parks
National Park Service’s Efforts to Combat the Growth of Illegal Drug Farms in National Parks
Granted, this is more of a cash crop than noxious weeds, but the irrigation and terracing systems they are carving into the land are very disturbing - along with the automatic weapons.
Kristen in TX

From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of KimFue@xxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:16 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Interesting article on Spread of Weeds by Horses

Who Spreads the Weeds? Don't Bet on the Horse
Study of how nonnative plants invade parkland focuses on the long-held
notion that manure carries the seeds. So far, it looks like a myth.

By Andrew H. Malcolm, Times Staff Writer
January 20, 2006

Alien invaders

Public land managers are trying to stem the spread of invasive plants,
which are referred to as noxious weeds. Most of the weeds listed below
spread quickly and displace native vegetation.

Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris), from Mediterranean region
Yellow star thistle (Centaurea solstitialis), from southern Europe.
Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), from Eurasia
Diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa), from southeast Eurasia
Gorse (Ulex europaeus), from Western Europe
Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), from southern Europe, northern Africa

RE: [RC] Interesting article on Spread of Weeds by Horses, Kristen A Fisher