INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT…..WILD PARSNIP

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SAFETY ALERT – WILD PARSNIP – DON’T LET THIS WEED RUIN YOUR OUTSIDE FUN!

Wild parsnip is a common invasive weed in our area and should be avoided. If the sap of the plant contacts skin in the presence of sunlight, it can cause severe rashes, blisters, and discolorations.
The best way to avoid contact is to become familiar with the plant and be able to identify it. Look at the photo to see what this common plant looks like.

The plant grows in uncultivated lands, roadside ditches, nature trails, parklands, pastures, and on and around business and residential properties. Take care to avoid skin contact with leaves, roots, stems, fruit and juices of these plants.

If you get a parsnip burn, www.mentalhealthupdate.com/phentermine.html relieving the symptoms comes first. The affected area can be washed and covered with a cool, wet cloth. If blisters are present, try to keep them from rupturing for as long as
possible. Protect the exposed area from sunlight for at least 48 hours. The toxins will break down on their own over time.
Clothing or any other objects that have touched the plants must be handled carefully and washed thoroughly before they can be used or handled again.

A representative from Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LIMSA)  will give a short presentation at September 12th Town of Lincoln Board meeting on this dangerous plant along with other invasives to be on the lookout for.

See www.lisma.net/ for more information.

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