Environmental Protection

North Campus Woodland Conservation

Invasive Species

Concern about invasive (non-native) plants
Non-native plants often lack the population controls from predators, competitors, and diseases that are found in their natural environment, which gives them an opportunity to out compete native plants. (MIPC) The negative effects that these invasive species present to the local environment include:

  • Reduced biodiversity
  • Altered hydrologic and/or soil conditions
  • Altered fire intensity and frequency
  • Natural succession interference
  • Pollinator competition
  • Poisoned/repelled native insects
  • Displacement of rare plant species
  • Increased predation on nesting birds
  • Increase in plant pathogens introduced into the area
  • Replacement of complex communities with single species monoculture
  • Native species’ genetic composition dilution due to hybridization
  • Local industries and agriculture threatened
  • Human health endangered

The invasive species found in the North Campus woods have a negative impact on this natural and beautiful landscape. These invasive plants, above all else, decrease the areas biodiversity and alter the hydrologic and soil conditions. It is for these reasons that the NCWC program was developed to allow the native species to regain their former territory. The native species in the region grow easily without fertilizers or pesticides if given the space. They have more massive root systems, which allow them to access water in times of drought and reduce soil compaction, adding nutrients and humus to the soil. Their root systems help retain water and filter out pollutants while stabilizing the soil and preventing erosion.

The NCWC program looks to improve the natural ecosystem on North Campus by removing the troublesome invasive plants, such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and garlic mustard, and we need your help as volunteers.

Some Common Invasive Plant Species

Common & Glossy Buckthorn
Garlic Mustard Common & Glossy Buckthorn Honeysuckle

Click on the plant names to learn more of the origins and physical characteristics of each invasive plant.

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