Rooting Out "Alien Invaders"
If you think it's a struggle dealing with lawn and garden weeds, try getting rid of invasive plant
species from dozens of acres of forestland.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Georgia-Pacific, that's exactly what The Nature Conservancy in Georgia was
able to do in 2011. The funding enabled two interns to help in the identification, treatment and removal of invasive plant
species at several sites in the lower Altamaha River basin in southeastern Georgia. These sites will be monitored to determine
the effectiveness of different control methods and help guide successful future removal projects.
Invasive plants are non-native species introduced into natural areas that can quickly grow and spread, dominating the area and choking out native plants. These invasive plant species are a primary threat to the health of the river basin and adjacent
coastal areas. The Nature Conservancy is coordinating with other landowners and managers to eliminate sources of invasive
plants while they are still manageable and identify sites of additional infestations for future removal.
Removing these invasive species also helps improve the habitat of rare plants and animals in the area.