Over the past couple of decades, coinciding with society’s effort to “go global”, a very unfortunate result has occurred. Our waterways and natural areas now face significant threat from numerous invasive plant and animal species. These are species that have been taken from their natural environment, either intentionally or unintentionally, and transported to regions that do not contain the same pests, diseases, and competition that would normally keep them in check.
No longer can we simply “leave nature to its own”. HeartLands Conservancy encourages landowners to become knowledgeable in identifying and controlling these invasive species. There are many resources available to assist in your efforts.
Oftentimes it may be beneficial to hire a contractor to assess and control existing invasive species populations, as well as to develop a management plan and train the landowner in maintaining the natural area in the future. A listing of some of the contractors that are performing this type of work in southwestern Illinois follows.
You can make a "best Use" donation by clicking the button below. Click here if you wish to make a donation for a specific Heartlands Conservancy Initiative