invasive species

Controlled Burn Tests Eco-Benefits of Fire

May 30, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

That plume of smoke rising from the Bouverie Preserve near Glen Ellen late Tuesday morning was a carefully watched experiment in applying a land management technique that goes back thousands of years.

The fire took about three hours to burn across the designated 17 acre area. That was ample time for any affected wildlife to leave the area or take cover underground, says ACR Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman, while deer, when they return, will find a more hospitable landscape.

Landscaping Guidelines Boost Native Plants

May 10, 2016

  California’s updated landscaping ordinance encourages wider use of native plants, to promote water savings and also limit the spread of invasive species.

Invasive Speices, Past and Future

Sep 24, 2015

  From the emergence of animals to the development of agriculture, new species have regularly displaced their predecessors.  So it may be time to rethink the viability of restoring lost or disappearing ecosystems.

  The most impactful invasive species on the planet is said to be humankind. In North America, says permaculture designer Tao Orion, arriving Europeans overwhelmed a sustainable food crop that had previously provided for countless generations.  And, she says, if revived, it still could.

The Root Problem with Invasive Species

Sep 23, 2015

Efforts to root out invasive plants and restore native ecosystems are difficult and expensive. They are also doomed to fail, unless we understand why the new arrivals are thriving. 

A New Invasive Plant Threatens the Russian River

Jul 16, 2014
Sonoma County Gazette

  Invasive plants along the Russian River are a fact of life in many areas--so thoroughly established they will never be eradicated. But now there is a new threat, red wisteria, which was spotted for the first time just last week. Only a handful of plants have been identified so far, raising hopes that this is one invader that might be successfully repelled.

Poisoning Mice on the Farallones

Aug 27, 2013

  The number of options for getting rid of the mice that cover the Farallon Islands is shrinking, but the controversy over that plan is not. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson reports that it’s now down to applying one of a pair of poisons, or conceding that the mice are there to stay.

There will be a public hearing on the EIS for the island at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Thursday, August 29  from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 in the General's Residence.

A Dogged Effort to Block Invasive Mussels

Jul 8, 2013
Kelly Ryan for KRCB

  Invasive zebra and Quagga mussels have clogged a path of destruction westward from the Great Lakes into California, where they are now being held at bay by a team of specially trained dogs. One of them was in action at Lake Sonoma over the weekend, and reporter Kelly Ryan was there, too.