Lawmaker wants guidance on invasive plants
WINDSOR - A Vermont lawmaker wants the state to come up with a detailed best practices list for getting rid of invasive plants brought about by such events as Tropical Storm Irene.
State Rep. Donna Sweaney of Windsor said she's seen the amount of identified invasive species increase in waterways and fields since the storm hammered Vermont in August 2011. She's requested that the Agency of Natural Resources provide municipalities with recommendations on how to manage the plants.
The Eagle Times reported that similar to a group in Woodstock that actively checks for invasive species growth each spring, she wants to form a Windsor-based committee to ensure there is not a spread in her town.
As many as one third of plant species in Vermont are not native to the state.