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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week.  So, here’s a little recap on what invasives are.

Invasive species are introduced plants and animals that cause harm to the environment, the economy, and/or human health. Often displacing native species, these invaders skew the delicate balance between plants, animals, and important processes like water flow and fire.

In Florida, we have a whole slew of invasive species.  Some of our current cold weather has made for interesting headlines for invasives such as cold-stunned iguanas fall out of trees.  But normally, it’s not such a laughing matter.  Invasive species are destructive and really harm Florida.  Here is some more information about invasives.  You can also check the IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants for possible invasivity issues of plants in your area.

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