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Invasive Species

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  • Fennel: How to choose, store and prepare

    It's hard to think about winter in Southern California without fennel. The stuff covers hillsides up and down the coast. You can even find it growing like a common weed in vacant lots. Well, a weed is actually the way many botanists think of it. No matter...
  • The haute bamboo

    The haute bamboo
    THEY are traipsing around Cliff Sussman's home in La Verne, navigating a steep hillside that's wildly overgrown with bamboo -- scores of tropical and subtropical species spreading underground, thick cones and tender new shoots poking up as robust mature...
  • Show and sale at Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society

    Show and sale at Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society
    "Everyone knows succulents are great for container gardens," says Jeff Karsner, president of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society. "We figure it's time for the public to advance its plant palette beyond the usual offerings." This weekend, the...
  • Gardening hangovers, Part 1: periwinkle

     
    Ecologist Christy Brigham stands amid willows hemming Medea Creek in the Santa Monica Mountains. The trees’ amber leaves glow in the morning light. She frowns at an ivy-like plant with violet-blue flowers. It’s blanketing a large swath of the cre...
  • Gardening hangovers, Part 3: fountain grass

     
    Grasses are among California’s most prolific weeds. Exotic bromes and other annual grasses now carpet millions of acres, displacing of native wildflowers, bunch grasses and shrubs. Most arrived with 19th century settlers and livestock (as contaminants...
  • Gardening hangovers, Part 4: acacia

     
    On a recent morning, a northern harrier — a large raptor — spirals up into the blue over Ballona Wetlands, until it looks as if it’s gliding over the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. For the harrier and some other animals,...
  • Gardening hangovers, Part 5: Scotch and Spanish broom

     
    One of those gorgeous winter days when the interplay of light, mist and silvery white ceonothus makes the Santa Monica Mountains sparkle, National Park Service ecologist Christy Brigham steps onto the Backbone Trail. She points out the skeletons of shrubs...
  • California volunteers pitch in to help pronghorn antelope -- by removing fences

     
    The fences crossing the desolate Carrizo Plain are remnants of the hardscrabble homesteaders who arrived a century ago, then abandoned the arid, alkaline land to the elements. Now the barbed-wire legacy of ranching and farming on this inhospitable...
  • Federal officials move to ban imports of nine species of constrictor snake

     
    NEW YORK — Federal officials want to keep nine kinds of constrictor snakes out of the United States, saying they belong to invasive species that pose the single biggest threat to the nation's environment. "This is the story of the......
  • Bizarre battle rages in Australia over how best to kill the invasive, poisonous cane toad

     
    SYDNEY — When the enemy reached Australia's largest state last year, the Kimberley Toad Busters knew the battle was on. But they didn't expect that officialdom might strip them of their most effective weapon. The enemy? The cane toad. The......
  • Florida python hunts to be a year-round effort

     
    Florida wildlife officials have announced that the state-sanctioned hunting of Burmese pythons will be resumed in January and will be a year-round effort. The four-month pilot hunting program ended in October, with 39 of the invasive species captured....