In Reply to: Sericea Lespedeza posted by Jack - Iowa on August 11, 2018 at 07:31:51:
Contact your state DNR, conservation clubs, National Wildlife Federation, outdoors organizations, and all the hunting, fishing, trapping clubs as well. They watch closely and monitor all the invasive species that have taken over our country. Here in Michigan we've seen the Gobey, Zebra Mussel, Japanese Beetle and the silver carp (flying fish), European Milfoil, flowering rush, and several other plants that have invaded and taken over our native species. The Zebra Mussel was a blessing to the Great Lakes as far as cleaning up the water -clarity is like never before, but that also came with a price. The sport fishing industry suffered greatly as the mussel and the Gobey ate the small aquatic creatures and baitfish that the salmon and other sport fish fed on thus the salmon industry has all but disappeared over the past ten years or more. The European Milfoil and Flowering Rush invade and eventually takeover swamp lands and eliminate the cattail and other natural wetland species. Most people have no clue what it is and don't care. Back when the St.Lawrence Seaway was opened up, ocean going vessels brought the sea lamprey into the waterway, and now they are found in virtually every lake, stream, and creek in the state. It seems the only ones who are concerned are the DNR, sportsmen and conservation clubs, and the Federal Fish & Wildlife agencies. Michigan had a liberal, Canadien born governor, Ms. Jenny, several years back and she passed legislation that allowed international sea going vessels to dump their ballast tanks into the Great Lakes. Guess what happened next? The state and federal Fish & Wildlife Departments and DNR's have been working to control the silver carp from invading the Great Lakes coming up thru the Chicago/Illinois/Missouri river systems. So far the efforts have been successful. Look at the Florida Keys with their Burmese Python invasion. Research goes on to put a stop to their reproducing, but no luck yet. Meanwhile they continue to take over the top spot in the food chain as the alligator is no longer the king. He is part of the python diet now. A planned snake hunt resulted in not very many snakes being found nor destroyed. Biologists have projected their spread over the next 20 years and it is scary how far north and west it shows on their map. Further research shows that they will eventually mutate/evolve into a species that can withstand cold, and live in most any environment. Write your governor, congressmen, and representatives and every other elected official and voice your concerns. Not saying they'll do much, but being silent only helps perpetuate the problems.