Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)

Notes from the Field by Stewardship Staff:
Tyler Pellegrini, Restoration Ecologist

‘Notes from the Field’ for Friday. While out setting up wildlife monitoring boards at a couple NLI preserves today, I got a good look at what’s sprouting in some recently burned areas. Many awesome native plants are up and becoming recognizable, and it’s great to see them after a long winter. While you’re out ID’ing plants though, don’t forget to look for invasives! Now is an important time to start spotting any of the many non-native species that we commonly find in Illinois. Identify any problem areas early, decide on a management strategy, and eradicate them before the plants mature and add more seed to the seedbank. Managing invasive plants is a continuous struggle in natural areas and it frequently requires aggressive efforts to gain ground back from them. Check out the photos of invasives spotted today.

multiflora rose thorns

 

Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

 

Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

 

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

 

Common reed (Phragmites australis)