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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 9, 2010
CONTACT:
Catherine Coletti, Coastal Program communications coordinator, (603) 559-0024
Morgan Eastman, Coastal Program restoration technician, (603) 559-0028

Join the Pepperweed Patrol
Attend identification training hosted by the DES Coastal Program to help stop the spread of coastal invasive plant

Porstmouth, NH - The DES Coastal Program will hold a volunteer training on Wednesday, June 16 at the DES satellite office in Portsmouth for community members to learn how to identify the invasive plant perennial pepperweed. Pepperweed is not native to New England or the United States. Its aggressive and adaptable nature enables it to thrive in many environments, including salt marshes and roadsides. More than 65 pepperweed sites have been identified in the Great Marsh just over the border in Salisbury Massachusetts. Pepperweed threatens to spread to the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary in New Hampshire.

Through the pepperweed patrol, the DES Coastal Program hopes to prevent widespread infestations in New Hampshire by mobilizing an early detection-rapid response strategy, which means finding and removing small populations before they become established. The more trained eyes, the better the chance to find this destructive plant before it has a chance to take root in New Hampshire. The session is open to the public with no obligation to volunteer.

During past summers, staff and volunteers identified two populations along the New Hampshire coast, one at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye and one at the transfer station in Hampton.

To register or if you are interested in volunteering but can't make the session please call Morgan Eastman at (603) 559-0028 or email at morgan.eastman@des.nh.gov.

What: Volunteer training on how to identify perennial pepperweed
When: Wednesday June 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: DES Coastal Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Directions located at http://des.nh.gov/contactus/documents/directions_to_pease_office.pdf

For more information about pepperweed, visit www.des.nh.gov. Click on the A-Z list in the right-hand corner and go to Pepperweed Patrol.

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