Monday, July 09, 2007

Invasive plants vs non-native plants vs invasive non-native plants

A reader named Jess posted this comment on the Invasive Plants topic:

I think some clarification is needed:

The concern is with invasive non-native plants. These are plants that are both non-native AND invasive. These plants are not native to California (i.e. they came from South Africa, the Mediterranean, etc.) and are invasive, meaning they grow rapidly and overtake areas. It is very MISLEADING to just talk about ‘non-native plants’ - because this includes everything from petunias to basil to jacaranda trees. Most non-native plants are not a problem- they stay in their planted areas. But the invasive non-native ones spread by roots, underground stems, and seeds and aggressively take over. Why is this bad? Invasive non-native plants can, they cause fire hazards and flood hazards, displace native plants (and thus native wildlife), they can make areas inaccessible for recreation, and they cost the city, state and private property owners when they cause problems, such as becoming fire hazards.

People have twisted the intent of the proposed committee to investigate invasive non-native plant use in the City. I was at the City Council meeting when this was discussed. My understanding is that the City is considering not allowing the use of the most problematic invasive non-native plants on City properties and on new developments. We are talking about is a list of about 10 plants that they do not want new devlopments to plant. These are plants you don't want in your yard anyway. They are NOT going to create a 'plant police' that will tell people with established gardens that you they can’t have such and such a plant in their yard. Come on. Little old ladies being told to rip out their plants. That’s ridiculous. It is frustrating to see this issue get sensationalized. For the City to have a more comprehensive policy on invasive non-native plants on their properties and on new developments would be a great thing. Invasive plants are real problem and they seriously degrade our natural areas and cause fire and flood hazards. The cost of dealing with invasive non-native plant infestations once they have established is huge. The idea is to prevent these plants from ever getting established.

Go to www.plantright.org and www.cal-ipc.org for more info. Plantright.org lists the most problematic species in different parts of California (only 9 species for our area) and suggested alternatives.



California south coast invasive plants list (with alternative plants).

Bonus: Logan Jenkins witty take on this matter click here.

11 comments:

  1. Logan's comment from our very own, was kindof funny. Too bad he needs to use JP for his own humor. I got a laugh out of JP's comment.

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  2. Is pot native?

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  3. There are plant police in Encinitas. A certain organization (which will remain nameless) hired workers to go out and remove plants that were on their invasive species list. The workers removed the plants from private properties without owners' permission.

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  4. This post is wrong. I just read an article where a California City sent the police out to widows house (70 years old) and arrested her because she didn't water her front yard and the grass died. The water rates were to high for her to pay on her fixed income. If that isn't the Dalager, I mean plant, Police I don't know what is.

    If you think these silly politicians will miss any opportunity to press their beliefs on you you have been living in a vacuum.

    We don't need plant police. But if we do make sure we include rubber trees, magnolia trees, bamboo and other non-native plants that interfere with my view.

    I might as well get on the band wagon of imposing my ideas on other people.

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  5. Uhm, are all laws "others" ideas?

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  6. What about the billboard freaks who chopped down Caldwell's trees?

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  7. caldwell doesn't like freedom?

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  8. Logan Jenkins better pray the Mexican Fighting Trees don't find out about his racist article.

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  9. Is mexican a "race"?

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