Invasive species in our backyard: Terrestial plants, part 1


They come to us in many innocuous ways, from packages from overseas, to clinging onto the bottom of our fishing boats. They are the invaders that cause so much trouble when they go unchecked. I am talking about invasive species. From the long-horned asian beetle to the goby, from giant hogweed to feral swine. These non-native, introduced species of fish, plants, mammals, and insects have come from overseas and without any natural checks to keep them from populating our waters and woods at a very fast rate, causing alarming damage. Most of which goes unchecked and unseen until it is at the point where the invasives are out of control.

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