Submitted by ratratratrat in Green (edited )
talking about invasive plants and animals, i see a lot of the time people get so focused on getting rid of them that they do not see how it will effect the rest of the ecosystem. i talked here a while ago about how i went and volunteered to plant native trees, and i was happy to see a bunch of native grasses and even some wild strawberries growing.
then to my sadness i learn that all of that is going to be mowed because there is a couple of chinese tallow saplings there and they think it is better to leave the ground bare so they can put toxic herbicides on the tallow whenever it pops up while waiting 30 years for the trees we planted to grow big enough to shade them out, instead of leaving the native grasses there.
it makes even less sense because the reason they are planting the trees is to give food to the birds, in the guy running its words “no bugs land on the chinese tallow so the birds have no food” but doesn’t mowing all of that grass and leaving just a few small saplings destroy the bug habitat as well?
also, applying roundup over and over again to invasive trees in a place where you want to encourage birds to land doesn’t seem like it will cause the birds and other wildlife any health issues! (sarcastic)
This is part of the reason I stopped volunteering at a planting near my house, it seemed that ultimately the plan was to tear every single non-native tree(excluding the few that are found to be native bat habitats).