facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cogongrass invading U.S. South

Jan. 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM   |   Comments

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Researchers say cogongrass, tallowtree and Japanese climbing fern are among the most destructive invasive species threatening southern U.S. forests.

Almost as fast-moving and destructive are tree-of-heaven and non-native privets, said Jim Miller, of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station.

"While our forests are besieged by numerous invasive plants, these and other non-native species present serious financial and ecological threats to the South and its forests in 2009," Miller said in a release Tuesday.

Non-native species suffocate native forest plants, destroying wildlife habitat, recreational areas, and water quality.

Miller's team has developed maps showing the spread, county by county, of more than 30 of the most invasive species across the Southeast. The maps will help forest managers and landowners anticipate where invasive species might spread next, Miller said.

Topics: Jim Miller
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
U.S. hypersonic weapon self-destructs four seconds into test
2
European satellites in incorrect orbit
3
Tech industry All Stars developing 'Star Trek'-style communication badges
4
International Space Station flies through Aurora Australis
5
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback