Noxious weed survey receives positive response

According to Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt, the noxious and invasive weed survey is receiving a positive response from county residents. Putt has surveyed over 290 acres of land, finding the common Bush Honeysuckle and thistle plants on every site. As of the last Conservation District meeting, Monday July 25, Putt has completed 11 of his 12 scheduled surveys. "I'm finding a lot of Bush Honeysuckle, the stuff seems to be everywhere in this county," Putt said. "Thistle of course is everywhere, bull thistle and the other thistles." Putt also reported finding Japanese Knotweed on many of the sites."Japanese Knotweed is pretty common in this county as well," Putt said. "I think every site I was at, all 11 sites, had something on the site of one of the species or another."Putt's last of the 12 sites, a 475-acre plot, had to be rescheduled due to heavy rainfall."Weed surveys are going well so far," Putt said. "Everyone I have talked to has been real responsive and very encouraging as far as an interest in more conservation issues. "It has given me a good opportunity to talk about a lot of issues other than just weeds. It's a good thing for the district to continue doing this in the future for public relations. It gets our name out there and introduces people to the district who may otherwise have no idea of what we do, and it gives me a good opportunity as we are walking around to talk about other issues too."