The diverse regions of Nevada County allow niches for many invasive plant species to colonize. Noxious Invasive plants are usually able to out-compete local native plant species for water and space because they are more prolific, have more vigorous growth, and lack predators that would otherwise help to keep them in check. They degrade habitat for other wildlife, domestic animals, recreation, and other land use activities. The agricultural industry is particularly affected by invasive plants; their control expense is ultimately passed on to the consumer. Invasive plants affect everyone, either directly or indirectly.
Noxious Invasive Plant Resources
Proper plant identification is key to a successful program. Below is a list of where to have plants identified:
County Agricultural Commissioner's Office: Staff biologists can assist in the identification of noxious invasive plants, 530-470-2690
University of California Cooperative Extension of Nevada County, Master Gardeners: Trained volunteers can identify invasive and other plants, 530-274-4563