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Superheroes of Science

Jun 9, 2021

While some invasive species like the Bradford pear tree can seem like a good thing, (trees ARE good for the environment!), they are considered invasive because they crowd out more favorable and sustainable native trees, shrubs, and understory plants that are better for the environment. Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist for the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University explains why invasive species outcompete native species so well. Purcell describes actions the general public can take to combat invasive species.  


Resources mentioned:


Purdue Extension Education Store 


International Society of Arboriculture: Trees Are Good 


Alternative Options for Invasive Landscape Plants 


The Natural Heritage of Indiana, by Marion T. Jackson