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Invasive 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 its aggressive nature, quickly displaces native plan 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 on 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 the 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 Christy Woods
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
Euonymus alata Winged Burningbush 
Euonymus fortunei Winter Creeper
Hedera helix English Ivy
Ligustrum obtusifolium Privet
Lonicera spp. Bush Honeysuckle
Rhamnus cathartica Common Buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula Glossy Buckthorn
Rhodotypos scandens Black Jetbead
Viburnum opulus var. opulus    Gelder Rose
Vinca minor Myrtle
 
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