Invasive Plants: An Introduction
Well, this is exciting! I, Haley Crowley, am back writing for the Green Medium this month, but this time within the post-Emerald award era. Before saying anything about things that are green, and I guarantee that I will get to that, it would be good to introduce myself, or at least the relevant aspects of myself. I’ve lived in Edmonton my whole life, which I really am fine with. I know some people have their issues, but I’m pretty satisfied with a nice temperate climate and freedom to do what I want. I also think that Edmonton has a lovely river valley and its older neighborhoods are fairly underrated. As far as environmentalism goes, my contribution is mostly a lack of the opposite, if that makes any sense. I’m sort of the human equivalent of a net zero house. I don’t drive, I’m one of the worst consumers on the planet, and I never shower or bathe. The last one is completely false, but I have a thing for sentences with 3 pieces of evidence.
At this point in time, I am in my 6th semester at the University of Alberta, and am having a great time studying there. Within the Faculty of Science, I’m majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in German. As a biology major, many of my courses are and have been in the field of biology. More specifically, however, I have focused on and taken a great interest in the biology of plants, which can be succinctly described using the word ‘botany’. Plants are incredible organisms, and there are endless botanical things that I could talk about, but this blog is about environmentalism, which means that I’m not going write an essay on the mesmerizing floral structures in the family Fabaceae or the thrilling and manipulative sexual strategies of some orchids. Instead, I would like to focus on invasive plants and their relationship with plant communities and various native species.
Firstly, I want to make it clear that I understand the importance of dealing with climate change. Climate change can and will cause a lot of damage. Flooding creates huge problems, and I really do appreciate how many viruses cannot survive Edmonton’s cold weather. However, other environmental issues do exist, and people seem to...sometimes forget about them. One of them is the problem of invasives. Invasive plants are often extremely difficult to control and to predict. They may have disastrous effects on local plant communities and neighborhoods. These communities containing native plants as well as other non-invasive introduced plants may be left with little opportunity for success. So what can be done about this? The Alberta Native Plant Council, recipient of a 2010 Emerald Award, works to protect native plants and Alberta communities. My series is, as you probably have figure out, about the Alberta Native Plant Council and the issues of conservation regarding invasive species. Thank you all for reading! Please come back.