Invasive Plant Species Campaign

Volunteers pulling sweet clover at our Farm Trails North preserve.

Volunteers pulling sweet clover at our Farm Trails North preserve.

Citizens for Conservation is going after the bad guys! Plant bullies, that is. With a grant from Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF), the Community Education Committee of Citizens for Conservation launched a campaign to destroy invasive species in the Barrington area. Our volunteers have contributed many hours over the years to eliminate obnoxious weeds and woody plants in our prairies, wetlands and woodlands, and now we are asking homeowners and municipalities to join us.

Some of the really bad guys are garlic mustard, buckthorn, reed canary grass, teasel, common reed and dame's rocket. The Community Education Committee has produced flyers on each of these invasives to show what they look like in various stages of growth, why they are bad, and how to eliminate them from your property. We invite homeowners and municipal administrators to download these flyers for their own use in removing invasive plants. We can also send printed flyers on request.

Community Education also created a twelve-plant table for you to use. This poster is available as a 11 x 17 poster when you print it, or it can be downloaded as a simple two-sided 8 1/2 x 11 handout for you to distribute. Carry the table with you when taking a walk so that you can identify these twelve invasive plant species as you go.

In addition we developed a short video to show at CFC events and meetings of interested organizations on request. CFC volunteers who are experienced in eradicating invasives will also be available to homeowners to identify the bad ones and advise on removal procedures and desirable replacement alternatives.

These extremely invasive species of plants are taking over our beautiful yards, countryside and roadsides. Invasive species crowd out the desirable native plants, drive away the birds and butterflies that depend on the natives, and reduce biodiversity creating monocultures of undesirable plants, and they are ugly! Just look at dense stands of buckthorn along roadways, in park areas or even in your yard. It will take a concerted community effort to make a difference against these plant bullies, and we encourage your participation.