What are invasive species? What you should know about invasive species: What can you do to help?
Did you know that February 28- March 4, 2022, is Invasive Species Week? This is a week dedicated to raising awareness about invasive species, the threat they pose and what can be done to prevent the spread. This year we will be sharing information about invasive species and what to do to stop the spread.
What are invasive species?
They are things that cause economic or environmental harm when introduced to a new habitat. We sometimes overlook an invasion because it happens slowly and we come to accept it as "natural". Many of the invasive species in Raleigh are common in yards and landscapes, and interrupt our enjoyment of the natural resources in our City.
What you should know about invasive species:
Invasive species cost us money in upkeep of utilities, management of infrastructure and safety in our quality of life. They produce more pollen, block sightlines, weigh down trees and power lines and inhibit pollinators. Wreaking havoc on habitats, invasive species limit viable habitat for the birds we love to look for and the wildflowers that make our wild spaces special.
What can you do to help?
You can help by encouraging your nurseries to supply native plants and discontinue offering invasives, such as English ivy or ornamental pear trees. Find volunteer projects throughout the City by going to our website or coordinate with your neighbors to make Raleigh a safe place for us and the environment.