Invasive plants can affect your ability to enjoy natural areas, parks, and campgrounds. Hikers, cyclists, ATV riders, hunters, and horseback riders all enjoy well-maintained trails, and invasive plants can grow over trails, making them difficult to navigate. Natural scenic beauty and diverse wildlife sought by nature enthusiasts are compromised by invasive plants, which often form single-species stands, displacing attractive native flowers. Some invasive plants can even increase health hazards. For example, Japanese barberry (pictured below) has very dense foliage which creates a humid micro-climate perfect for incubating the ticks that carry Lyme disease and other illnesses.
Outdoor recreationalists can exacerbate the spread of invasive species by inadvertently carrying seeds or other plant parts from site to site on their clothes, equipment, or animal companions. Here are precautions that you can take to prevent the spread of invasive plants: