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Old 11-16-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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Location: c. Mississippi

I took a class a few years ago from Oregon State: Ecology of Invasive Plants. One of the key take-home messages was that disturbance is one of the critical ways that non-native invasives get established and start to take over. Disturbance can be natural or man-made. Natural would include things like fire, flooding, avalanche, or severe storms damaging trees and other vegetation. Man-made can be many, many things. Logging, clearing land for development, overgrazing, and alteration of waterways come to mind. Sometimes you have to disturb a land base that already contains non-natives when you are trying to restore it to native vegetation. Either way, being diligent to replant with natives immediately, followed up with repeated weed control is critical. If you can maintain a natural ecosystem and minimize or eliminate disturbance, you're ahead of the curve.
"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics."
Aldo Leopold
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