Kingsbury and LaSalle Aerial Herbicide Applications Set
Indiana Ag Connection - 07/28/2020
Visitors to Kingsbury and LaSalle fish & wildlife areas (FWAs) may notice helicopters spraying wetlands at these properties during this last week of July.
Properties will be conducting aerial herbicide applications to manage purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive species that has become established in multiple wetland areas on both properties. Managing this invasive plant's spread is critical in maintaining healthy and diverse wetlands within the state.
Wetlands are delicate systems requiring many different management strategies to mimic the natural cycles that have been broken due to alterations by humans. Herbicide applications will promote plant diversity and improve wetland wildlife habitat.
Applications will be targeted to areas where purple loosestrife is present and will be completed by a licensed applicator. The herbicide used for these applications is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and is approved for use in wetlands. The herbicide does not affect people and has no known effect on wildlife.
Two treatment areas at each respective property will be closed temporarily on the day of the treatment until the application is completed. Applications are highly dependent on weather and other conditions -- visitors should contact Kingsbury or LaSalle FWA offices for more information regarding closures the day of their visit. Once applications are completed, the areas will be open and safe for all recreational activities to occur.