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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s dirty dozen noxious, invasive plants threaten state’s ecological integrity

They are atop everyone’s list of the most destructive plants to Kentucky’s ecological integrity. These noxious, invasive exotics out-compete native plants, threaten biodiversity, and in some cases pose a health risk to livestock and humans. The battle to rid the state of these exotic pest plants rages on each Spring on public and private lands and highway right-of-ways. In accordance with KRS 176.051,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Eradicating invasive plants, tall fescue grass first step to better wildlife habitat

Landowners who want to improve wildlife habitat on their hunting property should make an effort every year to implement at least one recommended project. At the top of the list should be a continual effort to stop the spread of invasive plants, and eradicate tall fescue grass. It can be frustrating, time consuming and costly, but all that ground work is well worth the effort. Improving habitat benefits...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Biologists battling invasive plants on wildlife management areas

By Art Lander Jr. Special to KyForward   Imported plants that have established footholds in Kentucky’s fields and forests can pose a threat to the state’s native plants and animals. Employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are fighting back at wildlife management areas throughout the state.   “A habitat team from the department’s Wildlife...