Friday, December 10, 2010

Garinesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Proactive Approach to Invasive Species

We posted an article a week ago about the inclusion of a Class 1 FLEPPC (Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council) on the proposed planting schedule for the Gainesville Regional utilities (GRU) Green Roof.  The design called for use of Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica.  Nandina domestica is listed by FLEPPC as an invasive plant.

Responding proactively, GRU has posted a comment informing the removal of Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica from the GRU green roof plant species list - and is reviewing additional landscape requirements to ensure avoidance of use of any FLEPPC invasive plants.

We applaud GRU's approach and concern about the Central Florida ecological systems and the relationship exotic invasive species may have.

Providing educational information and data is essential in assisting efforts of ecological organizations such as FLEPPC.

Thanks are in order to the University of Florida's (IFAS) Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and their efforts to promote understanding of the issues associated with landscape plants with aggressive growth patterns and few or no natural predators.

As always, feel free to submit questions and comments here.

Happy Green Roofing!


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