❌ 🌳 Hamilton County Invasives

Hamilton County Invasives Guest Post

Invasive species are non-native species that harm our environment, health, and economy. But green is good, right? Not always. The first greening bushes in many woods are the honeysuckle. And the white-blooming trees everywhere are likely Callery Pear. Yes, these are the trees that smell. 

These non-native species do not support our native insects and caterpillars. Fewer insects mean less food for baby birds, so fewer birds and butterflies. While an airport might be happy about that, our environment is not. 

Here’s a few more fun facts for you:

  • 83% of invasive plants in green spaces come from our home landscapes
  • 42% of threatened or endangered species are at risk because of invasives
  • Economic damages from invasive species in the US are over $138 billion annually.

So what can you do? A few things.

  1. Check for invasive species on your property and remove them. 
  2. Volunteer for a weed wrangle. The next one is the Cheeney Creek Weed Wrangle, which you can sign up for at Volunteer Fishers.

If you have a large property, HIP can also come out and give you an assessment. You can contact them at [email protected].

To learn more check out the HIP website https://www.hcinvasives.org/

✍️ Dorrie, a reader of Fishers Digest, wrote this post. Thank you Dorrie! – SB

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