Invasive plants are non-native species that can and have spread into our ecosystems. They cause environmental or economic harm by becoming dominant and disruptive to the native ecosystem. Many invasive plants were originally introduced as desirable ornamental plant. Without natural preditors, they then survived to well, while overpowering native species.
The Conservation Commission is working with state officials and the Amhest Public Works Department to control a number of invasive species that have found their way to Amherst. These include plants like Purple Loosestrife, Japanese Knotweed, Oriental Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Autumn Olive, and others. Invasive insects including the hemlock wooly adelgid have been found in Amherst and are being treated on conservation lands.
Don't bring firewood into Amherst from out of state. The wood might contain dangerous invasives such as the emerald ash borer, or the asian longhorned beetles.
Recently, members of the Conservation Commission have been working to removed oriental bittersweet, autumn olive and other invasive plants from conservation lands, and members have also helped the Public Works Department remove invasives from along town roads.