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Dunn's Woods Restoration and Education Project

Invasive Species Maps

Community partner Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) led mapping of the most common invasive plant species in Dunn's Woods using geographic information system (GIS) technology. The resulting maps show that Purple Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) had invaded over 50% of the woodland by 2010. Sixteen other invasive exotic plant species were also mapped, including Japanese Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera macckii), Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora).  The GIS maps provide a baseline to track progress and an invaluable resource for planning efficient invasive removal efforts.

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