This news item was originally published on the SENR website in August 2020.
This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Learn about a tool to help to track and report invasive species in this video with OSU Extension specialists in forestry, horticulture, wildlife, and aquatic ecology.
Kudzu, the “plant that ate the South,” is now in Ohio. And experts want people to know it. A new identification poster featuring the climbing, entwining, engulfing invader is available. “Kudzu is in scattered spots in Ohio. One of the reasons for the poster is to get a better idea of where and how much of a problem it is,” said Kathy Smith, director of OSU Extension's Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. “We’re hoping to raise awareness of kudzu specifically and of invasive species in general."
The Great Lakes Early Detection Network app allows users to take pictures of suspected invasive species, upload the pictures and locations for verification. It can be downloaded free at http://go.osu.edu/GLEDN.