passed last year "makes it illegal to buy, sell or plant these
plants in Illinois,” said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “These exotic weeds
have the ability to strangle out all other plant life around them.
This new law is an important step in preventing irreversible damage
to the native plants of this state.”
law adds kudzu and six non-native species of buckthorn -- common
buckthorn, glossy buckthorn, saw-toothed buckthorn, dahurian
buckthorn, Japanese buckthorn and Chinese buckthorn -- to the list
of Illinois exotic weeds, making it illegal to buy, sell or plant
these species in Illinois.
species join Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), multiflora
rose (Rosa multiflora) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on
the exotic weed list.
additions to the exotic weed list are very significant. Buckthorn
has created extensive damage to thousands of acres in northern
Illinois, and anyone who has traveled to the southern United States
has seen the overwhelming impact of kudzu,” said Illinois Department
of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold.
Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Transportation,
along with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, all have
been working together to eradicate kudzu in Illinois before the
federally listed noxious weed becomes a major economic and wildlife
habitat pest. The group has been working to eliminate the plant on
state and federal lands and has been cooperating with landowners to
kill off known kudzu populations on private lands in the state.
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Biologists have been making great strides in controlling kudzu,
which was beginning to show up in several locations around the
state, including state parks such as Giant City in southern Illinois
and as far north as Cook County. They believe they have chemically
treated 85 percent of the kudzu that exists in Illinois to eliminate
it. The new law will help prevent kudzu from making an unwelcome
Non-native species of buckthorn can be found throughout Illinois but
have been a particular problem in the northern two-thirds of the
state. The plants act as a host for the soybean aphid and thus have
the potential to have a negative impact on Illinois' agricultural
was sponsored in the House by Reps. Brandon W. Phelps, D-Norris
City; Dan Reitz, D-Steeleville; Karen May, D-Highland Park; JoAnn D.
Osmond, R-Antioch; and Ed Sullivan Jr., R-Mundelein.; and in the
Senate by Larry D. Woolard, D-Carterville; Todd Sieben, R-Geneseo;
Susan Garrett, D-Lake Forest; and Dale E. Risinger, R-Peoria.
Department of Natural Resources