Wintercreeper found above Nitro, WV

Asked November 13, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

Wintercreeper is an invasive plant. Apparently it hasn't been reported in WV yet.
However, I have found a number of large ones just over the hill. Now what? How are these things reported and verified?

I cannot hear, so please don't suggest I call anyone. I'm a hiker, so please don't have me driving somewhere far off. :)

I suppose you would want to go for a general answer for any noxious weed that shows up in a new area.

Thank you.

Kanawha County West Virginia invasive species invasive plants

1 Response

Thanks for writing in to report your sighting of 'wintercreeper' (Euonymus fortunei). I am especially excited to hear you are a hiker who notices their surroundings.

Wintercreeper is located in most states east of the Mississippi River, and in Ontario. I am assuming you do the Internet since you contacted the eXtension website. Check out this link: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=EUFO5 The USDA -APHIS website is a great place to keep up with invasives.

To report invasives here are some suggestions:
1) Contact http://www.invasive.org/, and go to its EDRR (Early Detection and Rapid Response) http://www.invasive.org/edrr/index.cfm, page. Visit the EDDMapS page, http://www.eddmaps.org/, to report something. There are some great smart phone apps, if you have one, on the EDDMapS page http://apps.bugwood.org/.

2) Contact your county Extension office http://www.ext.wvu.edu/county_offices
3) Contact DNR, http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/invasivespecies.shtm
3) Contact the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (MAIPC), http://www.maipc.org/?id=WV,

You can do this without needing to hear. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. I am part of the fight against invasives in Alabama. Blessings.