Puryear quoted on Maine town's charge against invasive plants
Falmouth is at the forefront of efforts to reverse the spread of invasive plants in Maine. In the past five years the town has beaten back infestations on public land, and it is now in the second year of a program to kill roadside invasives by spraying them with a 2 percent glyphosate solution. Glyphosate is a common herbicide that is sold under the brand name Roundup.
“When they take hold, there is nothing that is keeping them at bay. That is one of the competitive advantages that make it so easy to spread,” said Kristen Puryear, a state ecologist.