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Old 01-19-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default Forestry experts warn of invasive plants, animals spreading to Treasure Coast

Forestry experts warn of invasive plants, animals spreading to Treasure Coast
By Janet Begley
Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:28 p.m., updated January 4, 2012 at noon

Forestry experts warn of invasive plants, animals spreading to Treasure Coast TCPalm.com
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"Florida, with its long growing season and hot climate are constantly under siege," said Bamlet. "Everyone is familiar with the Brazilian Pepper because they're well-established and already have a foothold. But not everyone is familiar with the 'up and comers' like Monkey's Apple."

Bamlet said Indian River County is part of the Treasure Coast Invasive Species Management Area that was established in 2007 to track new threats to the environment. Also included in the management area are St. Lucie, Martin and Northern Palm Beach counties.

"Invasive species don't recognize boundaries," said Bamlet. "They follow at their own pace. The goal is to...
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