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Old 09-12-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Cultivating Awareness: Ornamental Plants Invading Natural Areas
Published on Jul 15, 2013

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Invasive plants are species that are non-native and cause or are likely to cause harm to the economy, the environment, or human health. Some popular ornamental plants are becoming invasive in natural areas. This video demonstrates the impacts of these species on natural areas in the Midwest and provides information on how to make good choices for landscaping.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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Good film! It certainly disproves the counter argument that invasive species are only a problem on disturbed landsites. Here, in the film, it is shown how pristine undisturbed areas become adulterated with aggressive alien species so badly that the diverse ecosystems become relatively barren.

On this site the film is singing to the choir, but it does provide proof that the classic countervailing argument of the alien species proponents is incorrect and misinformed.
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I was happy to see that they finally showed a spring scene...too bad there were not more woodland wildflowers to show off; I think that would make more of an impact with the general public--seeing the beautiful diversity against the monoculture. Still they did a good job, and the pamphlet and app look great (although, I wish they wouldn't include non-natives in the list of suggested alternatives--seems a bit hypocritical seeing that a non-native can be "well-behaved" for years before becoming a problem...still, I understand that a non-native that has never been known to invade an area is better than an invasive plant that is an obvious problem).
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