By Terry Kovarik
The Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department has been reaching out to property owners to make them more aware of invasive weeds. Those include Phragmites, Japanese knotweed and Wild Parsnip. Now joggers, bikers and others can help track the invasive plants through a smart phone app. It’s called the “Great Lakes Detection Network” or “GLADEN” app. Conservationist Krista Lutzke says that helps pinpoint and control invasive plants where people live.
In the past, soil and water conservation personnel could only treat invasive weeds along public roadways, parks and municipally-owned properties. Reaching out to private property owners is helping them extend treatment efforts.