Combating Old World Bluestems and Other Invasive Plants
The Tallgrass Prairies of the Flint Hills and native species in other grassland regions in Kansas could be largely eliminated in a few decades. Audubon of Kansas has been and will continue to be a leading advocate for recognition of the threats posed by invasive grasses to native grasslands (rangelands and prairies) and to wet meadow and wetland habitats, and will continue topush agencies on the need for systematic control of these uniquely destructive stealth invaders. The spread of Old World Bluestems (OWB), specifically Caucasian bluestem (Bothriochloa bladhii) and Yellow bluestem (B. ischaemum), are an immediate and dramatically expanding threat in Kansas. These invasive plantsare also beginning to advance into southern Nebraska.
Invasive Old World Bluestems Spread Across the Great Plains, Prairie Wings, 2018
Invasive Old World Bluestems Spread Across the Great Plains, UNL Center for Grassland Studies Winter-Spring 2016 Newsletter
Perseverance & Partnerships Critical to the Challenge Emerging from OWB’s Threat to Prairies, Prairie Wings, Fall 2015 / Spring 2016
Did you know?
Invasive Old World Bluestems present a devastating threat to the productivity of native rangelands for livestock and the quality of habitat for grassland birds in the central Great Plains.