Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are launching a project to evaluate the threat of invasive plant species to the state’s forests.
Non-native species like burning bush, glossy buckthorn, and multiflora rose account for about a third of all plants in the state. Scientists at UNH are now planning a formal assessment of those invasive species and how they affect the state’s forests.
The project will also evaluate what factors make forests more or less susceptible to invasive species.
The data will then be used to develop guidelines to help landowners and foresters protect their forested lands from non-native plants.