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New Videos Help Fight Invasive Species

Nov 26, 2008

I just received a notice of a new video, available online, that’s aimed at helping outdoors people identify and fight invasive species. Wildlife Forever, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and other organizations, is making it available as part of a national campaign to fight the expansion of animal and plants that can challenge the survival of our native ones.honeysuckles

Invasive species are one of the big challenges to keeping habitats healthy. With all the global transportation and trade, the rate of new problem species has been on the rise. The emerald ash borer, transported in firewood, is just one of the latest of many such concerns in Missouri. The cost of keeping some plants, such as bush honeysuckle, at bay can be overwhelming. But at least if you’re aware of the plants and animals around you and you can identify the problem ones, you’ve got a chance of being part of the solution.

 

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