Invasive species are a threat to Vermont’s environment

first_imgIn 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. 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Lenexa adopts public financing plan for Ridgeview Mining district; Shawnee hosts program on backyard chickens

first_imgLenexa 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.last_img read more

Cycling federation’s national championships commence June 23

first_imgThe 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.Claire Fraser-GreenThe Time Trials for all categories (juniors, veterans, elite and ladies will be held on June 23 from the Police at Yarrowkabra, proceeds to 10km before returning to the starting point for completion. The time trial rolls of from 09:00hrs. One day later, the Road Race for juniors, veterans and Ladies will be held from 07:30hrs.The juniors and Veterans will race for 80 miles from Homestretch Avenue to Long Creek on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, while the ladies and juveniles will compete for 52 miles. The ladies and juveniles will turn back in Timehri.The big boys will saddle up on July 1 on the same route also from 07:30hrs, however, they will proceed to Mobilissa on the Linden Highway. UK based Claire Fraser-Green and USA based, Raynauth Jeffrey won both the male and female senior time-trial and road races last year.last_img read more

Caps Amp Up Their Effort Level in 5-2 Win Over Ottawa

first_imgComing 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 .” Ottawa was preparing for one thing and the Caps showed up with a different plan.The moves worked wonders, but most importantly, the Capitals brought their lunch pails to this affair and worked hard on every shift. Players were going in strong on the puck on the boards and battling. There was very little reaching and as a result, they didn’t take a single penalty until late in period two.On offense, the personnel changes clicked and Washington raced out to a 4-0 lead by the game’s midpoint and then cruised to a 5-2 win. The Caps are now 12-10-1 (25 points) and continue to occupy the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.Things are very tight standings wise and it will likely remain that way all season with so much parity in the league as a result of expansion and a slower salary cap escalation in 2017-18.That’s why the work ethic is so important.Washington’s most consistent hard worker is none other than the Osh Babe himself and T.J. had another stellar game on Wednesday night.  Oshie kept the puck inside the offensive blue line with great hustle and hands on the Caps first goal sequence beating two Senators in the process. Oshie gathered in the biscuit and fed Kuznetsov for a quality chance at the left post. Kuzy smartly shot, but Craig Anderson made a pad save, however, Vrana was there for the loose change and he deposited the disc into the cage to make it 1-0 just over 15 minutes into the game.The Caps then extended their lead to two pucks with just five seconds left in the opening frame. Brooks Orpik made a huge defensive zone hit to separate the Ottawa player from the puck. That allowed Backstrom to gather in the biscuit in the corner and he made a sweet long zone exit pass to Alex Chiasson up the right side of the ice. Ovechkin then beat Codi Ceci down the rink and received an excellent feed from #39 to spring him on a breakaway. The Gr8 beat Anderson upstairs for a huge tally very late in the period. Ovechkin trained differently this past summer, focusing more on speed, and that goal proved that his off-season change is paying dividends. As I blogged after the Minnesota win, Alex is definitely faster this season. That goal does not happen last year.In the middle frame, pesky Alex Burrows took a tripping penalty and Washington’s power play made the Senators pay. The Caps worked the puck around and John Carlson fired on net with both Oshie and Backstrom in front of the goal. Carlson’s shot hit Anderson in the pads and bounced into the slot. The Osh Babe beat four Senators to the disc and fed it back to Kuznetsov, who fired a laser just inside the far post to make it 3-0 at 7:41. Just over two minutes later Vrana scored his second goal of the night on a rush shot where he caught Anderson cheating and leaning to his left, which allowed #13 to beat the goalie high short side.That was pretty much the game there and despite having to kill off a 76 second two man advantage late in period two, the outcome was never in doubt. After the Senators made it 4-2 late in period three, Chiasson closed out the scoring with a lengthy backhand shot into the empty cage with 91 seconds remaining and clinch this one for the good guys.Overall, this was a much needed triumph for the Caps. They got big performances out of Kuznetsov (1 goal, two assists) and Backstrom, their top two centers. It’s no secret that when those two guys are good, the team typically wins, and vice versa. It is also good to see the progression from Vrana, who has gone from a healthy scratch against the Avs just six days ago to a productive spot in the top six of the forward lineup. The Vrana-Kuznetsov-Oshie line is a new combination, but it works well with #13’s speed and Oshie’s on the puck tenacity. Simply put, Oshie makes any line he’s on better.Putting Ovi and Backy back together seemed to get #19 going, too. I’ve been calling for these two superstars to be put on the same line again and Coach Trotz delivered by reuniting the duo. They were superb on Wednesday night.This was a stabilizing victory for Washington and they did it the Smith Barney way, they earned it!Now they need to consistently bring the energy.Notes: the Caps were 1 for 1 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 on the PK…Braden Holtby was rock solid in net (29 saves). His biggest and most important stop was on a tip by Jean-Gabriel Pageau when the game was scoreless. The Holtbeast continues to make the hard saves look routine…John Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 25:19. Dmitry Orlov played an outstanding 22:00 minutes and Orpik was dynamite in 21:54…the Caps won the faceoff battle, 30-24. Lars Eller went 10-2…next up for the Caps is the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday at 5 pm at Capital One Arena. The Bolts are the best team in the NHL right now.last_img read more