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Invasive Plant Species

According to the Nature Conservancy, invasive exotic species are the second greatest threat to global biodiversity after habitat destruction. An "invasive plant" is a plant which grows quickly and aggressively, displacing other plants as it spreads. An "invasive exotic plant" is a plant that is not native to North America and because of its aggressive nature, quickly displaces native plant species. Invasive exotic species harm wildlife by eliminating the plants our native animals need for food and cover. They also pose a serious threat to native rare wildlife and plants by destroying their habitat. It should be noted that invasive exotic species can include ALL species (birds, mammals, plants, insects, etc.), but the Field Station and Environmental Education Center focuses in invasive exotic plants. Such plants are a serious problem for the above mentioned reasons and the FSEEC actively manages such plant species on all FSEEC properties.

Depending on the species, time of year, extent of infestation and other factors, management can include cutting, pulling, burning, herbiciding, or a combination of these treatments. 

Invasive exotic plants occur on all FSEEC properties.

Invasive Plants Occurring at Hults Environmental Learning Center
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
Dipsacus fullonum Common Teasel
Eleagnus umbellatus                  Autumn Olive
Lonicera spp. Bush Honeysuckle
Rosa multiflora Multiflora Rose
  
For more information on vegetation management on our properties, contact John Taylor.
Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Ball State University
Muncie, In 47306

Phone: 765-285-2641