Invasive Species Identification

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Iowa State University
Natural Resource Ecology and Management

A new suite of resources about invasive species is now available on the Natural Resource Stewardship website. The new Invasive Species in Iowa page introduces the topic by explaining what an invasive species is and why species become invasive. The page provides links to articles on 8 common invasive plants in Iowa: buckthorn, burning bush, garlic mustard, honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, Oriental bittersweet, and reed canary grass. The articles explain why each species is problematic and include photos of each plant as well as descriptions of identifying characteristics. Each page also incorporates information on preventing and controlling infestations and provide a link to our Chemical Control of Unwanted Vegetation article that gives guidance on appropriate chemicals and application methods to use for various plants.   

To learn more about invasive species in Iowa, the Natural Resources team assembled an invasive species YouTube playlist showcasing a series of short social media style videos that briefly summarizes impacts, identification, and control methods. The playlist includes videos for each of the 8 common invasive plants included on the website and a general introductory video on the topic.

Date of Publication: 
March, 2020