On April 11, 2015, Mike Murphrey of the Texas Forestry Service conducted a training class on identifying, reporting, and managing invasive species in our area. Mike defined the invasives as species that are not native to the area and cause harm. For example, honey bees are non-native but do not cause harm. Therefore, they are not considered invasives. The Japanese climbing fern would be invasive as it is non-native and harms forests by making mature trees vulnerable to fires.
The workshop was conducted from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce with an interpretive outing to spot invasive plants and trees in Pedigo Park.