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Japanese Knotweed an Unwelcome Invader

Do you know how to get rid of Japanese knotweed?

Japan­ese knotweed was first intro­duced to North Amer­ica in the late 19th cen­tury for orna­men­tal use, which actu­ally is under­stand­able.  Its hol­low red tinged stems have dis­tinct raised joints (nodes) that remind me a lit­tle of bam­boo although it is not at all related. In fact, other com­mon names for the plant are Amer­i­can bam­boo and […]

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Six Good Reasons to Plant Trees Beside a Stream

  The strip of land beside your stream is a great place to plant trees.  First of all, the 20 feet or so directly beside the stream prob­a­bly isn’t prac­ti­cal to use for most other pur­poses.  Sec­ond, the banks are too steep.  Third, there will prob­a­bly be sea­sonal flood­ing.  Besides, a forested buffer zone along […]

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Let Sleeping Logs Lie

Let Sleeping Logs Lie

In the past, we thought it was a good idea to clean up the log jams that “choked up” steam chan­nels.  As a mat­ter of fact, Ore­gon used to have employ­ees whose pri­mary role was dyna­mit­ing log jams in rivers.  Today, things have changed.  We now under­stand that pulling logs and other wood out of […]

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Noxious Weeds are Obnoxious

Any­one who owns or man­ages land in the north San­tiam Water­shed already knows how totally obnox­ious some plants can be.  I mean, they just don’t get it, do they?  You keep pulling, or dig­ging or spray­ing and like a bad penny they just keep turn­ing up.  Some­times it seems almost hope­less. Nox­ious weeds are obnoxious, […]

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