Threat Thursday


THE GIANT HOGWEED is hard to miss. The monstrous plant towers up to 15 feet tall, with a crown of white flowers the size of an umbrella. They burst into bloom between the last week of June and the first week of July—just in time to be the perfect dramatic backdrop to red-white-and-blue-themed parties.

But whatever you do, don’t touch it. The giant hogweed’s toxic sap could give you third-degree burns if you don’t get out of the sun and wash it off immediately. Like an anti-sunblock, chemicals in its juices disrupt your skin’s ability to filter out harmful UV rays. Get it in your eyes and you could go blind.

In places where hogweed has been around for decades, residents know its risks well. But while the majestic flower of the hogweed adds a courtly presence to any landscape, it is an invasive species—producing up to 120,000 winged seeds at a time. In the mid-1900s it expanded across New York state, carried on the riverways it likes to grow near. It hopped into nearby Pennsylvania, Ontario, and then on into Michigan. About 15 years ago it invaded Ohio. Today it’s found sporadically in more than a dozen states—and it’s still spreading, putting more people in harm’s way.


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14 Responses to Threat Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    Several years ago, Bellingham banned most fireworks within the city limits — we have a HUGE community fireworks display on the Bay, sponsored by Haggen grocery stores, Port of Bellingham, and often one additional sponsor, that satisfies most who have a “need” for rockets bursting in air to celebrate their independence.

    There’ve been scofflaws who ignore the ban — but NOTHING like last night! I swear, there’s a segment of society that appears emboldened to do whatever they damn well please!

    One scofflaw posted this on a site called….we live in a fireworks legal state. Furthermore, my property in Barkley area is not technically within city limits but close.
    Fair warning, I’m going to be launching a fireworks brigade that will make Francis Scott Key rise from his grave and compose a remix to “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
    Sedate your dogs and sedate your veterans. This is ‘Murica!


  2. Den says:

    Enabled by the head cheeto faced scofflaw, belligerence and stupidity have taken the space once occupied by good judgement and common sense.


  3. Micki says:

    Good riddance to Scott Pruitt.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Pruitt out!

    What fool will replace him?


    • jim hitchcock says:

      This guy:

      Andrew R. Wheeler is an American lawyer and former lobbyist currently serving as Deputy Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[1] He was previously a lobbyist in the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, representing coal magnate Robert Murray and lobbying against the Obama administration’s environmental regulations.[2] Wheeler was previously an aide to U.S. Senator James Inhofe, prominent for his rejection of climate change.[3] Wheeler is a critic of limits on greenhouse gas emissions and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


      • Micki says:

        I WAS JUST COMING HERE TO GIVE THE BAD NEWS!!! But, you beat me to it…

        While the long-overdue departure of ceaselessly corrupt EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday was undoubtedly a small win for the public and the planet, environmentalists were quick to note that “there’s no happy ending to this story” as Pruitt is being replaced by former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, who worked for years as an aide to fervent climate-denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).


      • Den says:



  5. David B. Benson says:

    A very slow 71 minutes up to the TVD bridge and back to the Old Post Office in 85 °F heat on a clear day; one insectivor.


  6. Den says:

    Cool solution!


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