In nature everything is connected, so when an ecosystem becomes unbalanced because of an invasive pest, plant or disease it has a domino effect that can create big problems for Vermont. It not only changes the balance in an ecosystem, destroying habitat, but it is also costly for Vermonters. The estimated damage from invasive species is in the millions of dollars. As the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources I know that small steps can make a difference. I also know that we cannot protect Vermont’s environment alone. We need your help! Find out how you can help prevent invasive species from harming Vermont’s environment by visiting www.vtinvasives.org/take-action(link is external). · Use only local firewood ‘not only in Vermont, but wherever you travel.· Make sure the plants you transplant into your yard or garden are not invasives and replace invasive plants with non-invasive alternatives.· Clean your boat and boating equipment thoroughly before transporting between bodies of water.· Don’t move baitfish from one water body to another.· Clean your boots and equipment before you hike or camp in a new area.· Never release exotic animals or aquarium fish and plants into the wild.· Volunteer your time with one of Vermont’s invasive eradication teams.· Find out more by visiting the Vermont Invasives website http://www.vtinvasives.org/(link is external). Source: ANR 8.6.2012 by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources Vermont received bad news last week when we learned that a new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was found in Lake George as well as in feeder canals to the Champlain Canal – both waters that flow into Lake Champlain. Like many invasive species, the spiny water flea competes with native species for food, but because it has no natural predators or other population controls it can quickly dominate the ecosystem and make it hard for native species to survive. The tail spines of the spiny water flea also catch and foul up fishing lines causing a great inconvenience to anglers. This is just the latest of a growing number of threats to Vermont’s environment from non-native species. · The hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, has been detected, for the first time, in Bennington County. If left unchecked it can decimate our hemlock trees which are important for both timber and wildlife.· The emerald ash borer is an insect from Asia that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. Now, ten years later it has spread to 16 states and provinces, killing tens of millions of trees. In July it was detected in Connecticut, the first confirmed infestation in New England.· Common Buckthorn is already established in some parts of Vermont. It is a native of Europe and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental shrub. Once it gets established it can take over an area, destroying wildlife habitat and impeding productive forests by crowding out other understory plants and preventing the regeneration of slower growing hardwoods like Sugar Maple trees.· VHS (Viral hemorrhagic septicemia) is a deadly fish virus that originated in Europe that wipes out populations of trout and salmon. In 2005 this virus was identified in Lake Ontario and has since then spread across all five Great Lakes and into many inland lakes including the Finger Lakes in New York, killing tens of millions of fish in the process. Scientists at the Agency of Natural Resources, along with our state, federal and academic partners, are working hard to understand how best to prevent new invasives from coming to Vermont, and to eradicate (when possible) or contain the ones that are already here. But they cannot do this alone. In some cases we have rules in place to prevent the spread of a particular plant, pest or disease. Our state parks only permit firewood that comes from within 50 miles of the park, and we ask boat owners to wash boats and equipment before moving it to a new water body. We regulate the use of baitfish and we ban the sale of some invasive plants; however in many cases we must rely on education to get homeowners and landscapers to be cautious about what they transplant into their yards and gardens. Invasive pests do not generally move to a new area all by themselves. People help. The spiny water flea hitchhikes on boats or equipment that has passed through an infested area. The emerald ash borer spreads from the movement of firewood or through the purchase of infested nursery stock. Buckthorn got its start as an ornamental plant in yards and gardens. Diseases like VHS can be introduced in a new area when baitfish are moved from one water body to another. This means that to prevent the spread of invasives everyone needs to do their part. Things you can do to help protect Vermont’s native plants and animals
Lenexa adopts sixth project plan for public financing of Ridgeview Mining districtThe Lenexa City Council on Sept. 15 voted 6-0 to adopt a sixth project plan for public financing of the Ridgeview Mining TIF District.Located at the northeast corner of Ridgeview Road and K-10 Highway, the project will become a mixed-use site comprising 80,000 square feet across eight buildings and will feature retail, restaurants, a convenience store and gas station and hotel.Doug Robinson, the city’s chief financial officer, expects the TIF to generate about $11.9 million over the 20-year term. The tax increment financing agreement and subsequent development agreement indicate that the developer, Ten Ridge LLC, and the city of Lenexa will each receive 50% of TIF revenues. City staff estimate roughly $8 million in private reimbursable TIF expenses and $8 million in public reimbursable expenses.Councilmember Corey Hunt was absent, and Councilmember Tom Nolte abstained from the vote, citing a conflict of interest.Mission to host virtual public workshop related to comprehensive planThe city of Mission is hosting a virtual public workshop on its new comprehensive plan on Thursday, Oct. 1.Public participants can provide input on the city’s priorities, opportunities and areas of concern during the meeting. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., and instructions for accessing the meeting will be made available on the city’s website on Oct. 1.Contact Kaitlyn Service, the city’s planner, at [email protected] or at (913) 676-8366 for additional information.Shawnee hosting program on backyard chickensThe Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a program on backyard chickens. Topics that will be covered include the basics of chicken behavior, feeding, coop needs and chicken health, among other topics.City staff will also provide information regarding Shawnee backyard chicken ordinances. Space is limited, physical distancing is enforced and masks are required during the program. The cost is $13 per person and pre-registration is required.
The Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) will stage its flagship event, the National Cycling Championships on June 23, 24 and July 1. Guyana’s best wheelsmen campaigning here and overseas are expected to compete at the prestigious event which crowns the national cycling champion and earns him automatic selection for any overseas competitions to represent Guyana.As was the case since 2016, this year, the championships comes with a twist as the Road Race for the elite riders will be held eight days after the Time-Trial rather than the customary day apart.
Coming into Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve contest against the Ottawa Senators, the Washington Capitals had lost three of their last four games.Why had they been losing?Well, it’s not rocket science; they just weren’t working hard enough to be victorious.In a nutshell, they were playing lazy hockey which led to bad penalties and in Monday’s loss to the Flames, the poor play resulted effectively in three power play goals against in a 4-1 defeat.Simply put, it was a bad scene and Caps fans had to wonder which Washington team was going to show up against Erik Karlsson and company. Would it be the team that dominated the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night or the soft and seemingly out to lunch club that lost by a combined 16-6 to Nashville, Colorado, and Calgary?In attempt to get things going offensively, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz made some big changes to his forward lineup after declaring before the game that there would be no moves up front. Most notably, he reunited Nicklas Backstrom with Alex Ovechkin and he put Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been very inconsistent with his effort level from game to game, with a surging Jakub Vrana and the always hawking the puck, T.J. Oshie. Tom Wilson was promoted to the Backstrom line while Devante Smith-Pelly, who had a terrible giveaway that turned the Calgary game for the worse, was sent to the bottom six.Coach Trotz pretty much pulled a Reg Dunlop by saying one thing and then doing another. To quote Slap Shot, Barry pulled the old “mind