Invasive Plants Threaten Wildlife Across Kentucky

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

Non-native plants are growing wild in Kentucky and are threatening not only the natural environment, but also the timber industry.

Many invasive plants such as Tree of Heaven, Winter Creeper, and Bush Honeysuckle are creeping into parks and woodlands around Kentucky.

Jeff Stringer, UK Forestry Specialist, says, "Our wildlife contributes about two billion dollars to Kentucky...we have Bush Honeysuckles that are replacing their native foods. A number of invasive species can hurt timber."

Experts from the UK College of Agriculture Forestry Department are testing chemical controls that are environmentally safe and cost effective.

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