Go Native! Resources for invasive plant identification and removal and deer resistant native alternatives

The foundation hosted an Invasives Strike Force workshop, presented by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, this past weekend at the Hopatcong Senior Center.  In the workshop we learned the basics of plant identification as well as specific information on identification and best removal practices for some of the most common invaders in our region.

We’d like to share some of the excellent resources we received from that workshop:

Why are non-native invasive plants a problem?

Some non-native plant species can cause serious ecological disturbances.  In the worst cases, they can ruthlessly choke out other plant life and place extreme pressure on native plants.  Ultimately, invasive plants alter habitats and reduce biodiversity.

Why are native plants a better alternative for your yard or garden?

Native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. In addition, they provide vital habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

To learn more visit:

NY-NJ Trail Conference Invasives Strike Force

New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

New Jersey Invasive Species Council 

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey 


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