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Old 11-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default Garlic mustard tops the list of dangerous plants invading our woodlands

Garlic mustard tops the list of dangerous plants invading our woodlands
Sue Schneider , Editor, NewsoftheNorth.Net
Published 09/21/2009 - 4:15 p.m. CST

NewsoftheNorth.Net: Garlic mustard tops the list of dangerous plants invading our woodlands
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What makes a plant a “weed” depends on your point of view. That’s not really the case with invasive species, though, that move into a territory, spread alarmingly fast and threaten entire ecosystems.

While most of us are aware of invasives endangering our Northwoods lakes, we have our share of terrestrial invasives, too...
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. I spotted Garlic Mustard down the road a few years ago and I am SCARED. It seems to have found a niche in the moist woodlands that is all around this area and our fairly healthy forest understory is now at risk. Sigh.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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We don't have garlic mustard in this part of the South but it is on the Alabama noxious weed list. It seems to have the ability to develop reproductive facility In North America that it never had in its European homeland. A single seed can start a new population of garlic mustard - it does not require cross pollination. And a single plant can produce hundreds of seeds.

Every one with an interest in preserving the northern woodlands from this invasive species needs to recognize this plant and intercept it before it produces seeds.

Here is an important video from Wisconsin Family Forests that has been produced to help people recognize garlic mustard and understand how it invades woodlands and destroys native food sources for wildlife in those ecosystems.

http://www.in-sitevideo.com/wff/garlicmustard.html
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #4
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Here is an important video from Wisconsin Family Forests that has been produced to help people recognize garlic mustard and understand how it invades woodlands and destroys native food sources for wildlife in those ecosystems.

http://www.in-sitevideo.com/wff/garlicmustard.html
That's a great video, thanks hazelnut!
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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That is an excellent video. Very informative.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:38 PM   #6
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If you live in the Northern woodlands area and you know about garlic mustard infestations that are not being killed out in their first year you need to contact somebody to take immediate action or organize an action group yourself. Everyone needs to do something to keep this plant from going to seed. One single seed stuck to an animals fur or foot can start a new infestation if it grows into a plant.
This needs to be a National RED ALERT.
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