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Invasive Plants are Threatening Ecological Balance
Invasive plant species also know as non-native or exotics have been introduced – either intentionally or accidentally- into areas outside their natural ranges. Wisconsin alone spends millions of dollars a year, both public and private, trying to combat invasive plants and animals.

While the Asian Silver Carp and zebra mussels make headlines, the majority of the population remain unaware of the damage exotic species have already done to the delicate food chain of wooded areas and other natural areas around the state.

Purple loosestrife was brought over at the turn of the century as a garden plant and it started to escape. Today it has infiltrated more than 40,000 acres of wetlands in the state. Honeysuckle and buckthorn prevent the regeneration of young trees, causing a long-term but very serious impact on forestry in Wisconsin.

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Traverse City will be First in the World to Sort Fish for Upriver Passage - Dams hurt native fish by blocking their access to rivers — but removing dams to let the fish through would open the way for invasive species. A first-of-its-kind barrier designed to deal with this problem by sorting fish will be tested on the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City. If it’s successful, it could be a model for rivers all over the world.

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