Does fire increase the risk of invasive plants?

Prescribed Fire April 30, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF
It potentially can. A good example of this is cheat grass in the intermountain basin. Native plants evolved with fire on the landscape. However, when nonnative plants are present on the landscape, attention must be given to their response to fire, which can complicate land management. This emphasized the point of not introducing nonnative plants. Fire can also be a good tool to control invasive plants as well.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.