Mississippi River Basin Initiative:
Little Wea Creek
Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and their partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River Basin.
NRCS provides cost share to help pay for conservation practices, such as cover crops, filter strips or nutrient management. Producers visit our office to apply, applications are then ranked, and those that address priority resource concerns are funded. Funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Interested applicants should contact Mark Eastman, NRCS District Conservationist, at 765-474-9992, extension 3.
Many beautiful, but invasive plant species are lurking in garden centers and catalogues this time of year.
After a long, cold winter many people look forward to getting outside and working in the yard or garden. One should be cautious when perusing through the glossy pages of plant catalogues and wandering through the new plant arrivals at the local garden center. Among the many beautiful plants available, there are invasive species lurking. Invasive species are plants and animals that damage both our environment and economy. They are often exotic (not found in North America prior to European settlement), and wreak havoc on native ecosystems. These plant species escape from cultivation and invade an area, out-competing native plants for resources. Not all non-native plants are bad. In fact, many exotic plants can be safely used in landscaping. However, buyers should be aware that there are still many aggressive, invasive plant species available for purchase.
A few of commonly-sold invasive plants…
- Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
- Callery Pear/Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
- Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
- Norway Maple (Acer plantanoides)
- Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
- Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
To view Indiana’s offical invasive plants list, visit the Indiana Invasive Species Council webpage.