Invasive species are a huge problem throughout the US. Here in Massachusetts, we are dealing with infestations of plants, animals, and diseases, but as land managers, it’s the plants that we find a nuisance. Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose, and burning bush (to name a few) have heavily infested some forested properties. Often, these species are spread quickly by birds take advantage of any available growing space in the understory. These species prevent the desirable development of native forest species, including valuable timber species.
What can we do? The first step in controlling invasive species is to identify them and devise a plan of action. Actions should include removal by hand tools and/or herbicide treatment. For extensive infestations, professional assistance may be necessary.
The following is a link for information in detecting and identifying invasive species in MA:
The following is a link for financial assistance through Natural Resource Conservation Service:
For additional info contact us at 508.963.2070.