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Request to Stop Herbicide Use in Metroparks (Unedited Version)

February 1, 2009

Erie Metroparks Presentation

Presentation Package Distributed to Erie Metroparks – 02/11/09

Message from the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources

After presenting to the Erie Metroparks and discussing the issue further the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources believes it is in the best interest of the Metroparks to adopt the suggested use of calcium applications, found within the book “Weeds: Control Without Poisons” (Charles Waters),  to deter thistle development; and to begin physically removing plants at their base during the time of flowering. The ECCLR is also advocating that the metroparks apply gypsum to the soil areas of Canada Thistle, since it is well documented that a well balanced level of calcium in the soil will deter and prevent Canadian Thistles. With this approach the ECCLR believes the Erie Metroparks can begin to better control and eliminate the Canada Thistle problem without posing a threat to the area watersheds.

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