HOWELL - The Howell Township Council is taking aim at invasive bamboo plants they say can spread uncontrollably.

An ordinance has been adopted that requires property owners to keep bamboo from extending onto adjacent land.

Failure to control the spread of the tall plant beyond property boundaries is a violation subject to a fine ranging from $200 to $2,000.

Under the new ordinance, all properties in Howell are subject to inspection by the enforcement officer.

The cost of removing bamboo from neighboring lots is the property owners' responsibility.