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Big Bend Community => The Terlingua/Study Butte Board => Topic started by: Lechuguilla on October 02, 2009, 01:10:17 PM

Title: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Lechuguilla on October 02, 2009, 01:10:17 PM
There is a new invasive plant species quickly being introduced to our home. The new Lajitas golf course decided to use a grass called Seashore Paspalum. Paspalum has been used on many golf courses throughout the country and the world because it creates a great playing surface for golf. It is also extremely easy to grow because it tolerates heat, salt, wind, acidic soils, and drought. It comes from Asia/ Africa and is on several invasive plant species lists. It has been found in the Galopagos islands where it has wiped out some small fish and crab species by ravaging their habitats. Paspalum can and does grow right on top of slow moving brackish water, and has choked out estuaries in Florida and Hawaii. I'm no expert on the subject but it seems to me some kind of study should have been done to test the viability of this grass along the Rio Grande. It may become the new Bermuda, cattail, or salt cedar as it spreads up and down the river, wetlands, and creeks.
Title: Lajitas Golf Course info
Post by: Lechuguilla on October 02, 2009, 01:37:45 PM
Here is a good link about Seashore Paspalum.www.invasivespecies.net (http://www.invasivespecies.net)

Type in the name Paspalum.
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Casa Grande on October 02, 2009, 02:55:58 PM
There is nothing in Lajitas that should be there since about 1996.  Nor is this a new phenomena...people being stupid, that is.  There's still non-native plant species growing all around the park because the early settlers planted these species and a hundred years later they are still there.   Some are benign and some are not.  Several folks a few years have tried to eradicate some of the invasive species of grass in the park along 385.  I don't know how successful they were.
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Lechuguilla on October 02, 2009, 03:54:58 PM
You're right. It just blows me away that something that grows so agressively can be planted between two parks without any kind of environmental impact study but I guess nothing should suprise me anymore. It will be interesting to see how long it takes this grass to make it down to Del Rio. I've seen it grow up to 5" in a day. Thanks for your comment.
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on October 03, 2009, 02:03:38 PM
(http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/storyphotos/Monkey_Wrench_Gang.jpg)
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Lechuguilla on October 03, 2009, 06:43:36 PM
Great R. Crumb pic, and I wonder what the gang would do to stop this Kudzu like grass? I guess we don't need to be too concerned since the lajitians seem to have a knack for killing everything they touch anyway, including peoples spirits.
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Frogdown on October 28, 2009, 02:00:32 PM
I think a few crop dusters with agent orange would be in order.  Then send the bill to the responsible parties.
Title: Re: Lajitas Golf Course
Post by: Undertaker on October 28, 2009, 03:22:15 PM
Agent orange the responsible parties.