New Research Article: Removing Privet has added benefit of removing exotic earthworms

Thanks to Mincy Moffett for sharing this reasearch.  This study investigated the possibility of a facilitative relationship between Chinese privet (Ligustrumsinense) and exotic earthworms in the southeast US. Earthworms and selected soil properties were sampled five years after experimental removal of privet from flood plain forests of the Georgia Piedmont region. 

More Not so Good News: Wolf Spiders like living in Microstegium, and they eat alot of amphibians

Thank you to Mincy Moffett for passing this along. Microstegium vimineum (Japanese Stilt Grass) is a plant almost all of us have a tough time dealing with.  A new study published in Ecology has found that Microstegium also affects arachnid predators as wolf spiders thrive in the grass. As their populations grow, more spiders then feed on young American toads, ultimately reducing the amphibian’s…

New Article Offers New Information for Battling Reed Canarygrass

Reed Canarygrass is a coarse, cool season perennial grass that grows 2 – 6′ high.  It has become a major threat to in ecological integrity of our native wetlands as it forms large, monotypic stands and outcompetes most native plants. Invasion often occurs in concert with disturbances, such as ditch excavation and stream modification. This paper describes a reed canarygrass removal…