Kentucky has been invaded, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is fighting back. Imported plants such as bush honeysuckle, autumn olive and European common reed, an exotic grass are being found across the Commonwealth.
Wildlife Division Assistant Director Chris Garland says a team from the agency's Wildlife Diversity Program has worked to remove invasive species from hundreds of acres at wildlife management areas throughout the state and completed more than 1,000 acres of other habitat work. Garland says wildlife management area employees also work to remove invasive species. Garland says private landowners should address any invasive species on their property. Clay Wildlife Management Area Manager Nathan Gregory says removing invasive plants allows native plants to thrive, and those plants are beneficial to rabbits, quail, songbirds and other wildlife.