I’m writing to commend Aaron Voos and Steamboat Today for your article “Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt National Forest pursuing aerial treatment of invasive plant species,” published July 18, highlighting the threat of invasive species.
Your coverage educating and informing people of the dangers of exotic invasive species is welcome in the battle to control and eradicate these non-native threats. Not all non-native plants become invasive, but the rapid proliferation of invasive non-native plants in our wildlands can have a devastating effect. Even though some invasive species may look beautiful to the eye, if unchecked, they present a real threat to wild species diversity and degrade many natural areas. Invasive species are the No. 2 cause of plant endangerment in the United States, forcing native species to the edge of extinction, and they also cost millions of dollars in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
The Center for Plant Conservation has developed information about invasive species, including resources, contacts and proactive measures that will help prevent the introduction of new invasive plants. We invite your readers to visit our website at www.centerforplantconservation.org for additional helpful information.
Kathryn Kennedy, Ph.D.
President and executive director
Center for Plant Conservation