Warning: Do not plant privet, multiflora rose, Japanese honeysuckle, mile-a-minute vine; Fight them where you find them

Published on Jan 3, 2014  |  A general introduction to invasive plants and why they are harmful. Tips, tricks, facts, and suggestions for alternative plants. Introduction to the series of videos on individual invasive plants. Part 1 of the Herndon Environmental Network Invasive Plants Video Series.

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Invasive blackberry brambles eradicated by browsing goats; pesticides avoided

Goats actually seem to prefer weedy species.

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Our most popular bumper sticker: Got Milkweed?

Submit Milkweed

While the California Milk Processor Board has used the weight of copyright law to stop us from printing the phrase “got milkweed?” on any products (petty, no?), they haven’t put the kibosh on “got Asclepias?” This educational bumper sticker with our exclusive illustration has become our most popular invention. Order your own from this link.

Got Milkweed?

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Weed Wrench manufacturer retires, turn to PullerBear Tree and Root Puller available from Canada

Our orange Weed Wrench-brand sapling puller continues to serve us well in our battle against invasive Common Buckthorn. We have even given a Weed Wrench as a gift. However, the manufacturer of this great tool has retired from its production, and upon learning this, friend Ney has called our attention to a full range of tree and root pullers under the name PullerBear. Learn more and order from: PullerBear.com.

PullerBears

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Video shares side-by-side comparison of overgrown woodland and controlled burn restoration

Published on Jun 7, 2013  |  

In the last decade, unnaturally-destructive megafires have swept through the West. Ironically, one of the things we can do to help reduce the risk of these megafires — and simultaneously improve the health of our forests — is by doing small “controlled burns” to reduce tinder in our forests. Learn about one of The Nature Conservancy’s fire experts, McRee Anderson, as he travels from Arkansas to Africa to learn and teach about controlled burning to help people, water, and wildlife.

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It takes an educated eye to see the difference between invasive species landscape and valuable native habitat

Published on May 3, 2013  |  

Mendota biologist Bryon Walters explains the plan of attack to replace invasive weeds with native landscaping.

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Phragmites thatch must be burned to reinvigorate marsh ecology

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Tall grass prairie video shows controlled burn in Iowa’s Horizon Park

Published on Apr 5, 2013

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, crews from the City of Ankeny’s Parks and Recreation Department instigated a controlled burn of Horizon Park.

Controlled burns keep the weeds from taking over new prairie plantings and keep aggressive trees, like willows, from dominating prairie plantings. In existing prairie plantings, the controlled burn removes dead vegetation and controls aggressive species.

Central Iowa’s landscape was once dominated by tall grass prairies. These ecosystems have an abundance of plants, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The native grasses and forbs (flowers) also provide seed and nectar for insects, butterflies, birds, and small mammals.

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Display puts invasive plants in jail to emphasize their criminal nature

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Prescribed burn provides numerous ecological benefits

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