Kosciuszko invaded by Orange Hawkweed

October 22nd, 2017

Walkers to the Kosciuszko National Park are presumed to have inadvertently introduced seeds of Orange Hawkweed, an evasive and noxious weed that has devastated ecology in New Zealand and the United States.

Orange hawkweed has become a noxious weed in Kosciuszko National Park, threatening Australian native plants and biodiversity. The orange hawkweed control programme by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service involves volunteers surveying infestation sites in the park, and then removing flowering heads and applying herbicides to reduce density and help to prevent spread.

Orange Hawkweed – note the furry leaves!

Source:  ^http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/conservation-programs/orange-hawkweed-control-program

 

Listen to the audio story on ABC Radio National’s Off Track programme to learn about what the National Parks Service is doing to tackle the threat:

^Sniffer spaniels get the doggone weeds on Off Track

hosted by Ann Jones on ABC Radio National, Saturday 7th October


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