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Restoring the Urban Forest:
The Truth about Invasive Species

Invasive species are killing sections of Seattle's urban forest. Stopping the decline begins with the removal of invasive species. Invasive species are plants that are not native to our local ecosystem and are likely to cause environmental or economic harm to our region. English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and English holly are among the many invasive species that degrade the urban forest bysmotheringtrees and taking away growing space for native understory plants.

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Removing invasive species helps keep the urban forest healthy

These problem plants exist on both public and private property in Seattle. We need your help in clearing invasive plants from Seattle parks and residential areas to provide space for beneficial plants to grow and thrive.

Explore the following links to learn more about how we can all work together to control invasive species in Seattle.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

TOOLS TO IDENTIFY & REMOVE INVASIVE PLANTS

  • Invasive Species Removal : Don’t know where to start? Check out this page on proper invasive removal techniques for some of the most common invasive species in the city.
  • Noxious Weed Identification Tool : The King County Noxious Weed Control Program offers resources to identify the weeds in your yard and advice on how to best remove them.

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