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Page 17 Hells Canyon Journal May 8, 1996 Rush Skeletonweed: It Currently Infests Several Million Acres of Rangeland Rush Skeletonweed entered the Eastern United States in the early 1 800's from its native range in West- ern Europe. In the northwest it was first collected in 1983 near Spokane. From that beginning it currently infests several million acres of rangeland, cropland and rights of way in the three state area. Until last year fields where it not only is a terrific com- petitor and yield re- ducer, but its wiry green branches in- terfere with har- vest. Rush skeleton- weed is a deep rooted perennial which germinates in the fall from seed and regeneration of established roots. It overwinters as a re- sette which re- sembles dandelion. A single flower stem develops from each rosette early in the spring. The stem branches fre- quently, but produces only short, narrow inconspicuous leaves..Small yellow flowers develop along the stem and at the branch tips. Each skeletonweed plant is capable of producing 20,000 seeds however, we believe . Baker County had re- \ sisted the invasion. Dave Clemens however discovered a several thou- sand acre infestation rang- ing from east of the Sag Road out of Halfway over the hill to Brownlee Reservoir. In rangeland such as this it out competes more beneficial grasses thus reducing feed for livestock and wildlife. It is particularly noxious in grain An Open Letter from Oregon's Governor Highways Will Deteriorate Unless We React Now Dear Editor, I believe Oregon is still the best place in the world to live, thanks to those who went before us. They cherished this place, guarded its gifts and protected its quality. They made the each year which are mature only 2 weeks after the flow- ers open. The seeds are light and readily spread with the wind. The seeds however are unable to survive a long dor- mant period, rarely persist- ing over 18 months in the soil. Rush skeletonweed is ex- tremely difficult to control once established. It is very deep rooted and' offers little leaf surface to absorb pesti- cides. Tillage will kill seed- lings, but merely spreads es- tablished plants. Chemical control is most effective when applied to the rosettes. Re- peated treatments are neces- sary. There are three biologi- cal control agents: a gall midge, agall mite and a rust disease. As with all biological controls, they may provide the ultimate long term solution, but they are long term. We cannot afford to wait - the noxious weed infestations aren't. A Problem Prevented "Donna Higgins saw one yellowstar thistle plant near Jim Town. She didn't know what it was, but she knew it didn't belong. We prevented the problem right there." Dave Clemens A message from the Pine Valley Weed Coalition D.E. 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Gainstorth I worse unless we act now. I ' Real Estate Broker I The citizens who have agreed to serve on the five Regional I [ i ISI ,RI [ Advisory Committees and a State Advisory Committee will I Halfw_a_Y_',.V~R;_'9'_7'_l~4_'_' I | TRAVEL AGENCY [ / look for ways to address our unmet transportation needs. [ l(.aSo .742-s7 s14 [ | Ontario, OR | I They willlook first at what we can do toimprove what we have : ' , -- .........| - 1-800-424-4226 I through better management and use of our existing assets and D(m.a's Groomin2 I Your ttavel profe~ slnce 1952 | resources. They will look at how good land-use and commu- I & Bolrdinz [ Panel-built homes nity development plans can reduce needs, long-term. If new [ All B~__ - NoT~lJlz~m I I [Options from 500 to 4,000 sq. ft. resources are needed, they will continue alternatives and offer ] A I I' CHIROPRACTIC m~O J l 742-2233 suggestions. " I I A. 0|! i Their recommend ions will create a foundation on which m O. II Or Ontr l bui,, the framework ror .o' c es we need to our I " I I !r2 ) ,! we can ' Tuesdaysbyal'pi'lhne"t l ".~~~ I investments in our future. I 523-6561) | TheGovernorsTransportationlnitiativeisinvolvingOr- I'"%'JJ'niiFk; "" l I TmIngram egonians from every part of the state in assessing what must I r ta t v I bedonewithourtransportationsystemstoensurecommunity so b, l [ ] F 742-503o1 livability and improve economic opportunities. I venery, se,ect,on I | PRINTING | ['[ ELKHORN TITLE CO. ]l I invite your input and participation as we go forward with [.K'araol eMusic I [ .Cards ,Brochures | II mu m uc Bcnom II this important work together. II ~t ~m~tv B II | , Programs I I Ta zant'[ | .Announcements |" m ,| II s4 .sz .Mrt II Sincerely, I .. ,. I | Halls Canyon Journal | I!Fax II aohnKitzhaber / ,'. ,' Gov'ernol:of, ag r ..:...: ,:, ..... . 1 742-7900 I I