Ernie Sellentin – “Invasive Plants”
by Sherri Wretham, January 24, 2008.
Ernie Sellentin is Project Coordinator of the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee, a registered non-profit society.
Ernie’s talk focused on invasive plant species typical of our area, such as the Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Scotch broom (Sarothamnus scoparius), Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), and numerous others such as Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) or garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata).
Ernie stressed the need for landowners to become more knowledgeable about the invaders in our area. Prevention is cure! He spoke about the steps needed, and being undertaken, to prevent, eradicate, contain or control particular species given the level of existing colonization and the efficacy of various management methods.