Scotch Broom is an invasive flowering shrub with yellow flowers growing in Umpqua National Forest in Oregon on June 10, 2008. This plant was introduced from Europe as an ornamental and for erosion control and it is highly aggressive and forms dense, monotypic stands, which reduce wildlife habitat and hinder revegetation of upland sites and wetland buffers. A species is considered invasive it is nonnative to the ecosystem and its introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. The goal of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Forest Service (FS) invasive species program is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the potential for introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of invasive species across all landscapes and ownerships. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
May 9, 2014
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