KUDZU COALITION — 2009 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

December 2009 Newsletter

 

 

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Filmed by the South Korean Broadcast System video team to show Spartanburg’s activity and methods.

Broadcast over their network in South Korea.

 

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Received Spirit of Service National RSVP Award from AmeriCorps.

Featured in an article in Dow AgroSciences’ magazine Vistas, “Weapons of Mass Destruction”.

 

REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Made two presentations at SE-EPPC Symposium in Georgetown, SC.

Spoke at Mecklenburg County Parks & Rec. in Charlotte, NC, on “Killing Kudzu with Farm Equipment”.

Gave talk at Foothills Assoc. Master Gardeners in Tryon, NC, on “Fun for Volunteers Controlling Kudzu”.

Engaged by Sumter National Forest for third year to do a mop-up project on 19 acres.

Honored by SPACE when they selected three of our volunteers as Co-Volunteers of the Year”.

Described by former City Manager Mark Scott as community involvers”.

 

KUDZU SITES

Eradicated kudzu completely from 9 sites. Removed all visible kudzu from 24 more.

Removed kudzu from 17 new sites - now over 80 locations in total.

Saved hundreds and hundreds of trees.

Traveled to and helped in Cowpens, Greenville, Greer, and Union.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

More neighborhoods, more sites, and more volunteers.

Worked with Converse Hts., Duncan Park, Hampton Hts., Highland, Hillcrest, Lakeridge, and Oak Creek. 

Converted the Hillcrest/Hillview neighborhood kudzu area into community gardens.

 

STUDENTS

Worked with over 100 students from 6 schools in various kudzu patches.

Proved, with Berry Shoals School, that 5th grade students are effective & have fun working on kudzu.

Provided “Kudzu Warrior” t-shirts for students and adults who perform six hours of kudzu service.

 

SPECIAL ED YOUTH

Trained and provided paid part time work for four young men.

Private property owners are hiring these young men part time to remove kudzu, ivy, and privet.

 

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Made fun a key element as has been successful in the past.

Met for breakfast 50 Monday mornings with enthusiastic leadership team.

Maintained strong partnerships with the City, County, SPACE, SMGC, MG, SC-EPPC, and Auburn.

Started a new partnership with Spartanburg Garden Club Council and their participating clubs.

 

AWARENESS & EDUCATION

Increased awareness through signs and dozens of presentations.

Attracted favorable attention throughout Southeast as a result of our www.KOkudzu.com website.

Listed first on Google when you search for “kudzu control” after the paid sites.

Conducted ten sessions of Kudzu Kollege with good participation from out of state.

 

TREATMENT METHODS

Developed important new, finishing treatment using roto-tiller behind tractor.

Developed effective kudzu removal using tractor and field cultivator with welded sweeps.

Developed a combination of methods for removing 99% of kudzu crowns in level areas.

Removed 99% of kudzu in nine months at one site, then another site in nine weeks, then in 90 minutes.

Designed and built a rake named “The Klaw” for use with Kudzilla (bobcat).

Equipped Kudzilla with new attachment and sweeps for removing crowns.

Confirmed at Sumter National Forest that our mop-up methods can replace herbicide spot treatment.

Demonstrated effectiveness of multiple bush-hogging treatments.

 

PRIVET AND IVY & OTHER BAD GUYS

Helped neighborhoods remove ivy and privet at kudzu sites.

Developed methods for using skid-steer to remove privet at SPACE.

 

FINANCIAL

Pursued no federal grants. Lived within our means. All of the above with no paid staff!