Protect Natural Resources by Controlling Invasive Plants
Invasive and noxious plants threaten to create a monoculture — where one plant dominates an area — choking out native plant species. These monocultures can change wildlife habitats so animals can no longer utilize the area. These aggressive competitors threaten native ecosystems by adapting to a wide range of environmental conditions, lowering water levels and spreading until they become the dominant species.
Invasive species management tactics must consider the site surroundings and desirable vegetation. Selective herbicides control invasive and noxious species while promoting native plants. While mechanical methods can be used to manage certain invasive plants, alone these techniques often cause more damage to an area than herbicides and can open areas to new invasion of other invasive and noxious plants.