The Threat of Non Native, Invasive Plants
Invasives education is part of our program to combat the growing problem of non native plants in our natural areas. We hope to inform the public about the impact of these plants and to encourage volunteers to join us in our efforts to control them. The management of these invasive plants is a key component of the Forest Stewardship Plan.
BASICS: Plants, insects, animals taken out of their natural habitat may not have the natural predators and diseases that previously kept their population under control. So they are able to agressively compete with native species for space , light, water and nutrients and spread through the forest displacing our native species. In our area for example deer will browse on native plants and rarely eat non native food sources.
Whenever we remove non native trees, we replant that area with native tree seedlings like this oak tree seedling.