[permaculture] Managing Wild Grapes in Woodlands

Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Fri Mar 22 06:58:40 EST 2002

Friends -

I took part in a Plant Savers workshop in Virginia last spring. It 
was  mentioned several times that a spring season obligation of the 
natural forester is to cut down wild grape vines.

Well it's spring, but now I'm hearing that wild grapes are a primary 
source of food for both birds and many mammals, including black 
bears.(I'm on the Blue Ridge)

I'd appreciate any insights on this or suggested reading.  In our 
area it is not uncommon to see several LARGE vines pulling at an oak 
in the woods. (Wild grapes are listed as a noxious weed in many 


-Allan Balliett
Northern Virginia

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