Invasive Species of Southern New England
by Alexey Zinovjev and Irina Kadis
In southern New England, as in much of the United States, the arrival of invasive species has dramatically changed many of our ecosystems. And as new species make their way into our region, the threat of further ecological and economic damage is increasing. Invasives can kill valuable trees and crowd out native vegetation that wildlife depend on.
Early detection is the most effective and least costly way to deal with invasive species. When they are caught early, invasive species can usually be controlled. If you spend time outside, whether gardening, hunting, fishing, exploring your own land or enjoying public land, you can be a key player in early detection of and rapid response to invasive species.
By educating yourself on invasive species and keeping an eye out for them when you’re working on your property, walking in a local park, or hiking in the forest, you can make a major contribution to our environment’s health.
This guidebook is co-authored by Arnold Arboretum staff member Irina Kadis. She and co-author Alexey Zinovjev are recipients of the 2011 Education Award from the New England Wild Flower Society for their work with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, providing seedlings of native plants, leading numerous education programs, and also for their website, Salicicola.
Invasive Species of Southern New England is included in our New Books List for January 3, 2012.