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:
- Get an overview of 14 of the most common invaders in our region with this NY-NJ Trail Conference Invasives Strike Force – Quick ID Guide.
- Learn best management practices for priority invasive plants from Lower Hudson Prism.
- Discover excellent native plant options that are even deer resistant, courtesy of the Native Plant Center.
- Find out how to rid invasive plants from your landscape in 3 easy steps with the New Jersey Invasive Strike Team.
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.
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