Multiflora rose -- brought in, so I'm told by government experts who touted its use as a living fence. It's out of control -- taking over fields and pastures. Like kudzu, another introduced plant, it simply does too well in our climate. And as for invasive -- the bittersweet vines that make such attractive fall decorations are choking whole forests. The pretty little orange berries from one wreath can produce hundreds of vines. No wonder some place are making it illegal to grow or sell.
And then there's mankind. Every day, more wooded mountains are carved up to accommodate a crowd of McMansions. Our part of the world is in danger of being loved to death. As a newcomer, relatively speaking, to the mountains, I'm part of the problem. And I don't know what the answer is.
To quote the philosophizing possum known as Pogo -- "We have met the enemy and he is us."
LV - January 2012
7 years ago