Team Arundo del Norte
is a forum of local, state, and federal organizations dedicated to the
control of Arundo donax (giant reed) where it threatens rivers, creeks,
and wetlands in Central and Northern California. The Team meets quarterly
in the Sacramento area to explore opportunities for information exchange
and partnerships in support of the ongoing work of eradication of this
Team Arundo del
Norte recommends the following guidelines for companies involved in or
contemplating the commercial production of Arundo donax. These guidelines
are based on the serious threat that Arundo poses to riparian and wetland
habitats for both humans and wildlife. Since Arundo spreads by stem and
root fragments, propagation in these habitats (hereafter referred to as
"wetland habitats") should be strictly avoided, with commercial growing
limited to other areas.
We urge organizations
and agencies implementing Arundo eradication to consider these guidelines
before entering into contract negotiations with entities engaged in the
production or commercial use of Arundo. It is our hope that regulatory
agencies will consider adopting this policy for Arundo, and require all
public and private entities to abide by these and similar guidelines for
other exotic pest plants.
1. Propagation or
cultivation of Arundo in riparian, wetland, floodplain, or other natural
or ecologically significant wetland habitats
or any waterway or channel that leads to any such wetland habitat should
be avoided without exception.
2. Propagation or
cultivation of Arundo must not pose a threat to or lead to the reintroduction
into wetland habitats.
3. Harvesting of
Arundo for commercial purposes in riparian, wetland, floodplain, or
other ecologically significant wetland habitats
should be consistent with Team Arundo eradication efforts, plans,
4. Propagation or
harvesting for commercial purposes should not delay or interfere with
invasive exotic species regulatory efforts,
bio-control development, or Arundo eradication efforts.
5. Plans to cultivate
or harvest Arundo should be approved by a local Weed Management Area,
CalEPPC, CDFA, or some designated agency or organization
charged with eradication or
regulation of invasive exotic plant species.
6. Arundo distribution
maps, property owner data, and any Arundo-related information provided
eradication organizations such as TAdN should not
be used by commercial interests to contact and influence landowners
to grow Arundo on properties included in eradication plans or other
7. Commercial interests
should not pay property owners to grow Arundo or otherwise promote the
propagation of Arundo in wetland habitats.
8. Eradication equipment,
machinery, and transports must not introduce or spread Arundo in wetland
When entering into
contracts with commercial interests, TAdN offers the following advisories
for public agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individuals:
1. Know your removal
needs and costs before negotiating your contracted selling price of
commercially harvested Arundo.
2. Do not depend
on harvest income for eradication costs.
3. Clearly state
in the contract the agreed upon removal timeline, specific areas of
harvest methods, requirements for coordination with
herbicide applicator, and other limitations.
4. Provide neighbors
with written notification of scheduled work and your contact information
questions and complaints.
5. Require full
public access to any maps and distribution data developed in cooperation
6. Include a six-month
performance evaluation clause in the contract.
7. If performance
is good, extend the contract to 2-3 years. If performance is poor, cancel