Land Plants - invasive

Gorse (Ulex europaeus) on Apr 22, 2008

Submitter does not have a specimen

Description of specimen

Grayish green weed about 12 inches to 18 inches tall with spikes all the way around it. We have identified it in several invasive species guides and have talked to BLM people and landowners about it, but no one does anything. Why not? What are we waiting for, a huge fire on the Butte and loss of homes and property? I have heard Gorse is very flammable, but even when it is green, it covers the land and makes passage impossible.

Commentary

Thank you for your submission of the gorse site on Highland Butte. Your submission is being reviewed by: Tim Butler, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Noxious Weed Control Program. This is a historic gorse site that has been established on properties in the area for over 30 years. The Oregon Department of Agriculture in cooperation with landowners and Clackamas SWCD have been doing control to contain this infestation. Gorse persists due to the long lived seed bank in the soil that can stay viable for 40 years or more and ongoing treatment is necessary as new plants germinate.

Tim Butler
April 25, 2008, 12:30 p.m.