Invasive Species and How They Affect The Eco-System

In Iowa, we have witnessed the invasion of Multi-flora Rose which can completely take over open timbers and pastureland. It is so invasive that only a bulldozer can get through it. Young calves can get trapped in the dense vines covered with fishhook shaped thorns. Wild Parsnip, now widespread, has taken over road ditches and some native plantings. It can cause severe burns that leave permanent scars. Garlic Mustard is walking over and crowding out native vegetation in our timbers. It appears the only hope right now is that nature will again get things in order however this may take several thousand years to undo or redo.

Howard Bright
AKA…Earthyman ³Helping you create your own natural beauty²

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