UNH Researchers to Assess the Status and Distribution of Invasive Plant Species that Threaten New Hampshire Forests

UNH Researchers to Assess the Status and Distribution of Invasive Plant Species that Threaten New Hampshire Forests

Mar 20, 2017
buckthorn - an invasive species threatening NH forests

A new project led by John Gunn, research assistant professor of forest management and researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, will assess the status and distribution of invasive plant species throughout New Hampshire that pose the greatest threat to the state’s forest systems. The project also will evaluate factors that increase forest resistance to colonization by invasive plants. Based on these factors, Gunn plans to provide management best practice guidelines to help foresters and landowners minimize the risk of invasive plant species invasion into native forest stands.

According to Gunn, non-native species now make up at least 30 percent by species of all plants in New England, lead to significant financial and ecological damage to forest systems, and are likely to increase in scale and severity in a warming New Hampshire climate.

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