Japanese Knotweed Management
2012 Field Season
After Tropical Storm Irene led to some of the worst floods in the State of Vermont since those in 1927, I was tasked with controlling the spread of Japanese Knotweed across the state. Past local floods had resulted in this invasive species taking over large sections of riverbanks. With no guidance available in the scientific or management literature, I was forced to improvise. I developed novel management techniques and standards, studied my results, and generated several management lessons. In the interest of sharing these techniques, I successfully submitted papers on the process and outcomes to the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management.
During my time as a Conservation Administrator, I found many projects and properties had very difficult paper trails to sift through. To rectify this, I reviewed and organized over 40 years worth of regulatory documents, and created a geospatial repository for the information. The regulatory history of the Conservation Commission was now in a single location. This institutionalized knowledge which had previously been difficult to access and interpret, could now be quickly and easily utilized.
Statewide Program Development
While creating and studying the methods and needed to manage Japanese Knotweed following Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, I explored the ways in which natural resources managers receive and respond to news of new invasive species populations. This provided the field experience needed to develop an Early Detection and Rapid Response protocol that could be effective statewide. I was therefore able to craft and submit the first such system to quickly share information on new invasive species populations in a cohesive and statewide manner.