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WHAT THE HOGWEED!

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Samantha Ampadu

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WHAT THE HOGWEED!
What exactly is Hogweed?
Hogweed or Heracleum mantegazzianum is a federally listed noxious weed.
Hogweeds can grow up to 5 feet wide and 7 to 14 feet tall.

Where did the Giant Hogweed come from?
This plant originated from
from the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian seas by Russia - but it made its way to the U.S. by the early 20th century.

How? Birds and waterways can carry seeds, which can grow up to 10 years once they're dropped off but it first left Russia as a decoration plant.



What does it do and why is it a problem?

Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness.


Where is it now?
Right now the hogweed is moving East in America towards the East Coast. The closest siting was just 40 minutes away from Worcester. It should be here shortly.
Where would this grow in Worcester?
Since the Giant Hogweed is a listed poisonous plant and prefers to grow around moist soil with high sunlight it could possibly grow around Coes Pond.
Not only does it have the wet land and sunlight its not very unkempt which mean no one would notice it. Once it seen the authorites come and up root the plant and move it.
Abatement's
in the place
With the hogweed being a dangerous plant some suggestions they came up with were to remove any outlying populations such as isolated plants so the hogweed doesn't spread as much.
Focus on the most productive areas of the ecosystem or anywhere people would come in contact with them.
They also came up with dedicating a certain each year to control efforts in a neighborly manner.
Additional Abatement's
The plant should be exterminated
Lastly they said to plan to plant a native species once the hogweed is depicted this will jump start natural succession and increase biodiversity in the area
WORK CITED
As for other countries it is largely in England and Russia

•http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/giant-hogweed/



•http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/giant-hogweed-8-facts-you-must-know-about-the-toxic-plant/3/



http://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/OIPC_BMP_Hogweed.pdf


Sources
Tests/Assessment of Problem In Worcester or Coes Pond in Particular
Biological Effects
Options for Environmental Remediation
GIANT
HOGWEED
Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness.
It will take over and
and it will last for 10
years or more.
Focus on the most productive areas of the ecosystem or anywhere people would come in contact with them.
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