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Along the American River Parkway there is an ongoing competition between native plants and their non-native counterparts that are striving to outcompete and dominate the landscape. Many of these non-native plants are foreign to this region, having no natural predators and ample resources to multiply, these plants are out-competing the native plants that once occupied much of the parkway.
Beginning in 2009 the American River Parkway Foundation took on the task of managing the invasive plants on the Parkway in collaboration with Sacramento County Parks. A list was created in order to prioritize efforts and be able to have the greatest impact at the community and ecosystem levels.
The invasive plants include:
- Red Sesbania (Sesbania punicea)
- Spanish Broom, French Broom, Scotch Broom (Spartium junceum & Genista monspessulana)
- Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
- Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitalis) Learn More,
- Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum)
- Giant Reed (Arundo donax) Learn more: Cal-IPC
- Pyracantha (Pyracantha sp)
- Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens)
How can you help? Become an ARPF Invasive Plant Steward.
What is an Invasive Plant Steward? This can be a single dedicated person or a group of individuals who adopt an area in need along the American River Parkway to remove invasive plants.
What help will you get from ARPF? You will be supported by the American River Parkway Foundation in your efforts with tools, training and staff support.
This program is vital to the habitat restoration on the American River Parkway and we want you to be a part of it!
For more information please do not hesitate to contact the ARPF office at (916) 486-2773, or send us email. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm (PT).