What We Do: Removing Invasive Species

By Taylor on November 6, 2012 in Blog

Here at INHF a large part of our work consists of getting out in nature to ensure the land we protect is being taken care of properly.

Our staff is dedicated to upholding our organization’s values and make sure that the health of Iowa’s land is preserved for generations to come. Though sometimes that means removing invasive plants, like cedar trees, to help native ones flourish.

Oftentimes our staff and volunteers remove cedar trees and other invasive plants that would otherwise suffocate larger, existing oak trees and invade the rare oak savanna. Below is a before and after comparison of an oak tree that was previously surrounded by invasive species.

The second set of photos shows a similar situation, where invasive species and brush was thinned to allow for native plants to thrive.