- They are of particular concern because they pose unknown or likely future competition to our native flora.
- They are of particular priority because, as their populations are still small, they have the greatest potential to be effectively controlled or even eradicated.
OC-CNPS members can assist in resolving these challenges by providing Early Detection and Rapid Response:
- Trained “eyes on the ground” to report new populations of priority emergent weed species.
- Facilitation of coordination of land managers, land owners and potential labor forces for response and control, both within and across boundaries.
- Volunteer labor to remove priority weed populations that may otherwise not be managed.
- The list is dynamic, changing as emergent populations become known and controlled and new ones are found.
- It contains a manageable number of emergent weeds.
- It may contain:
- Species that OC-CNPS has given top priority due to their local distribution, invasiveness, and ability to negatively impact native habitat.
- Other locally occurring priority species that will be evaluated regularly.
- Potentially invasive species with unknown status.
- New potential invaders that have not yet been observed in Orange County.
- Directs ongoing treatment activities at specific sites throughout Orange County. These include emergent invasives and other non-native invasive plants.
- Recognizes that a number of other weed species are high priorities regionally, but that its own capacity to deal with those wide-spread, common weeds is limited.
OC-CNPS Early Detection Training:
Orange County CNPS training for early
detection of high priority non-native invasive plants
Focused training for volunteers, land managers, stewardship groups, agency staff and others
Extensive classroom instruction by CNPS experts, with optional Calflora training
Detailed identification of Orange County’s highest priority invasive plant species
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