Control of Posion Ivy
mhg3 at cornell.edu
Fri Jul 15 20:55:28 EST 1994
In article <212303Z15071994 at anon.penet.fi>, an95158 at anon.penet.fi wrote:
> In Article <302iu5$qlp at nntp2.Stanford.EDU> "cpatil at leland.Stanford.EDU
> (Christopher Kashinath Patil)" says:
> Low intensity groundfires seem to be historically common in many woodland
> communities in the US. Their exclusion by European settlement has allowed
> the introduction of many brushy species rarely seen in the virgin forests.
> Posion ivy seems to be one. Returning the fire to the forest restores the
> original control. I don't know if such fires occurred in your area -- but
> they did in many areas that never would seem to allow them. They were set
> by Native Americans during dry weather in late fall or early winter to open
> the woods for easier travel and hunting. This fire time is still called
> Indian Summer.
> Controlled burning requires some expertise and training to perform safely,
> but is required only every few years, and results in a much more open and
> friendly (to humans) environment.
Guess I would just interject that if you or neighbors inhale the burnt
poison ivy smoke they will be in for the worst case of poison ivy where
cala$ will not help. I have also met people who try and burn sumac with
similar reaction. Burning can volitilize the oils (much like smoking) and
can cause severe reperatory inflamation. The only worse story I have ever
heard is the kid who ate some leaves of poison ivy cuz he heard that this
would protect him from ever getting it again. Yes that was me.. I
subscribe to very judicious use of round-up on cut vine and only in high
use areas otherwise-----------------leaflets three let it be!!!
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