BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A committee created by Indiana lawmakers to work to devise new ways of controlling invasive plants estimates land owners and managers in the state spent $5.85 million last year to manage invasive plants.
The Invasive Plant Advisory Committee surveyed 116 agencies, land trusts, municipalities, contractors and private land owners around the state, representing more than 650,000 acres of managed public and private land. The survey did not include farms.
Committee member Ellen Jacquart, who also works for The Nature Conservancy, says the survey demonstrate how invasive species have gotten a strong foothold in Indiana and how expensive it is to remove them.
The survey identified nearly 50 different species of invasive plants being managed statewide. Garlic mustard was the most commonly controlled invasive plant in Indiana.
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