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Home Intruders: Invasive Plants

By Jason L. Rickards, CEP, PWS

While you may keep your door locked at night, there is more that you can do to keep intruders from invading your property. Invasives are making their way into your backyard and maybe even your home. Invasive species are typically non-natives that have been introduced, escaped and proliferate aggressively in the ecosystem in which it was introduced, overwhelming and out-competing the native species that should be found there. Invasive species can be plants (like Callery pear, English ivy, and barberry), or animals (like spotted lanternfly, Canada geese, and zebra mussels). Invasive species cause economic and ecological damages valued in billions of dollars annually and some also pose a human health threat.

  • Invasive Plants of PA_Caller Pear Tree Photo Credit Chuck Bargeron
    Invasive Plants of PA: Callery Pear (aka Bradford Pear). This inexpensive tree is often planted by residential developers to meet subdivision planning and land development ordinances. (Photo Credit Chuck Bargeron)
  • Invasive Plants of PA: English Ivy. This common ground-cover grows aggressively in places grass will not grow. (Photo Credit Paige Filler)
  • Invasive Plants of PA: Barberry. This shrub is popular among landscapers. Mismanaged it moves into the open woods and chokes out native plant species. (Photo Credit Willard Losinger)

Invasive plants threaten native species and habitats by competing for critical and often limited resources like sunlight, water, nutrients, soil and space. Studies have shown that local plants and animals do not find invasive plants palatable. Since they then feed on native plants, this reduces native populations while permitting invasives to quickly move in and capitalize on vacant real estate. Invasive plant species displace and alter native plant communities, impede forest regeneration and natural succession, change soil chemistry, alter hydrologic conditions, and some serve as agents for the transmission of harmful plant pathogens.


What Can I Do to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Plants?


Learn to identify the invasive species that have been listed for your state or region and their eradication methods. Remove invasives from your landscape, especially those that are spreading rapidly to natural areas in or beyond your property. Dispose of invasives properly by bagging yard waste and sending it out with your normal trash disposal rather than dumping it nearby in other natural areas. Be vigilant. Deal with them early while their population density is still low. Prevent new invasions by minimizing soil disturbance and bare soil on your property. Clean your boots and equipment when you are in water bodies to prevent transmission to other areas. Plant more native species, especially in bare areas, before an invasive takes hold. Assist with volunteer efforts to remove invasives in natural areas, such as Penn State University’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) removal program. Also, you can join local land stewardship and conservation organizations, like the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.

Invasive Plant Resources

If you would like to learn more information about invasives, check out these sites:

http://paflora.org/original/invasive.php

https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml

https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/

http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/DCNR_20031352.pdf

http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/WildPlants/InvasivePlants/Pages/default.aspx

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2019 Summer Environmental Consulting Internship

Environmental Consultant in Reading PA

2018 Intern, Jack Yekel, stands with a drill rig at a site in Boyertown, PA.

Liberty Environmental, Inc. is seeking a qualified candidate for an internship position for the summer of 2019 based in our Reading, Pennsylvania office. The candidate will gain hands-on, real project, field and office experience working with Liberty’s environmental scientists and managers on sites throughout our service area in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Candidates should be enrolled as a Junior or Senior class student in a Bachelor’s degree program in environmental science, engineering, geology/geosciences, or related field. Master’s degree students are also encouraged to apply. In addition, candidates must possess strong communication, writing, computer skills, and a valid driver’s license. Interested? Please submit your resume to hr@libertyenviro.com by March 1, 2019.

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Staff Spotlight: Dane Ott, Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Assessment Expert

Dane Ott, Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Assessment Expert

A key member of our site assessment and remediation practice group, Dane Ott provides environmental due diligence services throughout the mid-Atlantic US. Dane joined Liberty Environmental in 2016, adding depth and experience to our building assessment services with his certifications and licenses in asbestos, lead based paint and mold inspection.

Dane recently enjoyed the opportunity to complete asbestos-containing material and hazardous building material surveys at a former chocolate factory in Lititz, PA.  The developer is currently renovating the existing building and adding 26 loft-style condominiums, a 74-room boutique hotel, sit-down bistro and small retail shops. Check out the video of the redevelopment activities here: https://youtu.be/ThpxQx2KfM0. (Video courtesy of the developer’s land planning consultant, RGS Associates.)

Dane is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Juniata College.  He currently resides in Pottstown, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.

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