Monday, November 29, 2004

They're Crafty

Craftmakers in western North Carolina have won back the right to make and sell products using the invasive Asiatic bittersweet vine (Celastrus orbiculatus), according to this report from the Ashville Citizen Times. Their argument? That 18 western NC counties were already so infested with the weed, there would be no benefit seen from outlawing the use of it in wreath-making and dried flower arrangments. The NC Agricultural Board banned the distribution of Asiatic bittersweet back in 2003. Read the original press release here.

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