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What’s That Weed?

Non-native: English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Description: English laurel–aka cherry laurel or common laurel–is, confusingly, neither English nor a laurel, but a species of cherry native to the area around the Black Sea. (The “laurel” epithet derives from a passing similarity–in foliage and growth habit–to bay laurel [Laurus nobilis]. It is, in fact, considered a nuisance […]

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JC Science Symposium goes virtual!

Restoration, research and monitoring on Johnson Creek has continued, despite the pandemic. On Tuesday, October 20, speakers from academia, agencies and nonprofits gave eight presentations on their watershed science work during the past year. The 6th annual Johnson Creek Science Symposium was broadcast via Zoom Webinar: 128 saw it live, more than the 110 maximum […]

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Melissa Ribner

Date of volunteer work: 10/18/2020. Site Name: JCP. Number of hours worked: 1.5. Field notes: The grounds were fairly clean. A willow tree is uprooted and landed in the Crystal Springs Creek (see pic). On the east side of the park, there is a large container (gas tank for car?) by the cement block on […]

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What’s That Weed?

Exotic species:  Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) Characteristics:  Milk thistle is a sparsely-branched, biennial thistle, growing up to 6 ft. (2 m) tall. The alternate, deeply-lobed leaves may reach 20 in. (50 cm) in length and 10 in. (25 cm) in width, and feature a distinctive white marbling pattern and spiny edges.  The plant may overwinter […]

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