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Are Invasive Plants Hurting The Prairie?

Question: We see invasive species like Kudzu or the Emerald Ash Borer in southern and midwest areas; are there species that are hurting the prairie? - from Sarah on Facebook

Answer: The American Prairie region is largely free of noxious weeds, or plants that pose a threat to property, agriculture, wildlife, or recreation. Some areas are battling Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) and Houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale), but the sites are few in number and small acreages. These species tend to be isolated around areas with higher precipitation and waterways. If we were to find noxious weeds on our prairie lands, American Prairie has a comprehensive weed management plan that outlines protocols for addressing infestations.

- Damien Austin, Reserve Supervisor