Thursday, July 5. 2007
wildbird in Native/Non-native Issues
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Maggie Houlihan, City Councilwoman in Encinitas, is trying to do something about the invasion of non-native plants. This is an issue which has a lot in common with the protection of chaparral habitat. After a fire or other disturbance, the non-native weeds often get established faster than our native chaparral and prevent it from growing back. These non-natives are often much more prone to fire than chaparral plants. And that leads to perpetual fires.
In the city, these plants are not only fire hazards, but are also huge water hogs. Look around folks. We haven't got enough water as it is. I say, let's save it for ourselves, and for fighting the fires that these non-natives bring with them.
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