Invasive Plant Removal Project

Non-Native Invasive Vegetation Removal Work In Progress

The City of Loveland has taken notice of the ill effects caused by infestations of non-native invasive plants such as bush honeysuckle, Callery pear, and tree-of-heaven. 

To abate these impacts, a professional has been contracted to eradicate all non-native, invasive vegetation in Phillips Park. Chainsaws and herbicide applicators are used in the designated area to remove and kill these harmful plants. Removal efforts may last up to December 2023. 

Beginning in 2024, this area will be re-planted with native vegetation — trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals — that will increase Phillips Park’s capacity to support native wildlife. 


What Defines an Invasive Species?

As per Executive Order 13112 (Section 1. Definitions), an "invasive species" is a species that is:

1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and,

2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Non-native species are plants and animals living in areas where they do not naturally exist. "Non-native species" and "invasive species" can not be used interchangeably. Many commonly grown fruits and vegetables are not native to the U.S. For example, tomatoes and hot peppers originated from South America, while lettuce was first grown by the Egyptians. Domestic cows are non-native to North America and were introduced as a food source and considered to be a beneficial organism in an agricultural setting.

How do invasive species spread?

Invasive species are spread primarily by human activities, often unintended. People and goods travel quickly around the world, and often carry uninvited species with them. Invasive species can be introduced to an area by ship ballast water, firewood, accidental release, and by people. Insects can be transported easily in wood, shipping palettes, and crates shipped across the globe. Ornamental plans can become invasive after escaping in the wild. Released unwanted pets are another way invasive species are spread. Learn more about how invasive species are introduced to new areas.

What are the impacts of invasive species?

The introduction and establishment of invasive species to the U.S. (intentional or unintentional) can pose a significant threat to native and plant communities. Invasive species can lead to the extinction of native plants and animals, destroy biodiversity, and permanently alter habitats. Invasive species can affect the economy, social wellbeing, the environment, ecosystem, and human health.