[permaculture] Managing Wild Grapes in Woodlands

Mark mpludwig at facstaff.wisc.edu
Fri Mar 22 11:21:24 EST 2002


Cut selectively, they grow back just fine.  Save your quality trees, let 
them tear down the junk for you.
Mark
At 06:58 AM 3/22/02 -0500, you wrote:
>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 states.)
>
>Thanks
>
>-Allan Balliett
>Northern Virginia
>
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Mark P. Ludwig
Poultry Research Lab
University of Wisconsin -Madison
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