Invasive Plant Control Program Available in Highland County

According to a press release from Virginia Cooperative Extension, an invasive plant control program is available for Highland County for 2021.  Under this program, Highland County landowners can apply for an incentive payment to offset herbicide costs for ridding property of targeted invasive species.  Property must be a minimum of 10% infested to qualify.  Landowners can receive up to 50% cost share on herbicides approved under the program’s guidelines.  Invasive plants targeted in the program include Multiflora Rose, Barberry and Autumn Olive.

Registration for the program runs through April 23.  Landowners must complete the program application and return it to the Highland County Extension Office.

The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation Specialist and Extension Agent will review applications and locations to determine eligible acreage.  An on-farm visit may be required.  Approved applicants will be sent a letter indicating the maximum payment for which they qualify.

Approved applicants may purchase and use only herbicides recommended under the program guidelines.  An original receipt for the purchase must be submitted to the Extension Office by the end of September.  Herbicide application must be completed by the end of September and treated areas may be subject to spot checks.

Qualifying participants will receive their incentive payment in October.  The cost share payment is for the purchases of herbicide.  It does not include equipment or application costs.

For more information contact the Highland County Extension Office at (540) 468-2225.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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