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by Charles A Raguse
on August 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM
Author Melissa Womack has put together a commendable (in fact, excellent)post, tightly arranged in such a small space. I found myself drawn to the links to the Invasive Species Council of California and to the California Invasive Plants Council (CIPC). The CIPC led me to several other references of interest and value in the general context of this post. Kudos for a post of excellent quality.  
 
When I arrived on the Davis campus in 1964 I was squired around the Sacramento Valley by a variety of Cooperative Extension Specialists. At that time, the "Weed Group" was a sub-set of the Botany Department in (I believe)Robbins Hall. On one such "get acquainted" tour the legendary Bill Harvey was along in the car. I distinctly recall Bill remarking to another occupant as to how work was then being done on a new chemical that showed promise of (finally) bringing the nefarious Yellow Star Thistle to its knees.  
 
Now that's a full half-century ago. YST has not only become endemic, but its photogenic golden head appears everywhere! Besides, it is not a likely choice to lead a "habitat restoration" project. For one, how would one describe the habitat that the project is restoring to?
 
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