, Newburyport, MA

July 9, 2013

Praise for phragmites article

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I’m writing to commend the Newburyport Daily News for your article, “Project aims to teach about invasive phragmites,” published June 17, highlighting the threat of invasive species.

Your coverage educating and informing people of the dangers of exotic invasive species is welcome in the battle to control and eradicate these non-native threats. Not all non-native plants become invasive, but the rapid proliferation of invasive non-native plants in our wild lands can have a devastating effect. Even though some invasives may look beautiful to the eye, if unchecked they present a real threat to wild species diversity and degrade many natural areas. Invasive species are the No. 2 cause of plant endangerment in the U.S., forcing native species to the edge of extinction, and they also cost millions of dollars in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

The Center for Plant Conservation has developed information about invasive species, including resources, contacts, and proactive measures that will help prevent the introduction of new invasive plants. We invite your readers to visit our website for additional helpful information.

Kathryn Kennedy

President and executive director

Center for Plant Conservation