Keep Our Native Lands and Waters Healthy and Diverse
Not everything green is good, especially when it comes to invasive species. Invasive species are considered the second most serious threat to biological diversity after from habitat destruction. Invasive plants not only crowd out native species that are essential parts of Illinois natural areas, they do not provide adequate food or habitat for native birds and other wildlife.
Herbicide use to control invasive species is an important land management strategy. Used in concert with other techniques such as controlled burns, hand pulling of invasive species and bio-control methods, we can help control the spread of invasive plants in our natural areas. In Illinois, volunteers are properly trained and licensed to use herbicide and assist staff with control of these invaders. The videos below cover a variety of tools and techniques relevant to herbicide application. Resources on invasive species management and training are also provided below.