Natural Areas Management Team Tackles Sweet Clover
By Chad Graeve, Natural Resource Specialist
Invasive species are getting increased attention and awareness within conservation circles and the general public. Recently Governor Branstad declared June “Invasive Species Awareness Month” in Iowa. Here at Hitchcock Nature Center we have identified 101 non-native plant species, of those about 15 of those warrant control efforts. The others are easily dealt with not by targeting them directly, but by nurturing the native system. A healthy native system is resilient enough to fend off most of the non-natives, so we are very selective in deciding which non-native species to target.
Rich Wehmeyer, crew leader for the Loess Hills crew for the Conservation Corp of Iowa cuts sweet clover at Hitchcock Nature Center.