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Invasive plants are damaging California's wildlands
Invasive, alien, weeds -- these pesky plants have various nicknames, but the reality is that native habitat, especially in the wild promotes a more stable ecosystem -- which promotes air, water and land system health.
The California Invasive Plant Council says, "Across California, invasive plants are damaging wildlands. Invasive plants displace native plants and wildlife, increase wildfire and flood danger, consume valuable water, degrade recreational opportunities, and destroy productive range and timber lands."
How do invasive plants do all this? Basically, by growing so fast that they disrupt the balanced system of plants and animals that developed over thousands of years.
What can we do about it? Several things:
Check the California Invasive Plant Council for the 2006 Invasive Plant Inventory database.
ENJOYNative plants not only teach us about our local habitats, but they attract and nurture local, native wildlife. Enjoy the wonder of flutter and nibbles in your naturally politically correct habitat. The critters will reward you with their presence.
LEARNLearning about the web of life through native habitat is a hands-on adventure. Communities of plants work together to provide one another with nutrients, water, shade, and an army of animals who help them pollinate, convert cellulose into protein, and spread their seeds for the next generation's lifecycle. Fascinating!
TAKE ACTIONKnowing what the top invasive plants in your area are will go a long way in sharing and caring for your native habitat. Pretty can also be poisonous to ecological balance.