Oct 24, 2017
Marcia and Grey interviewed Ken in home in Santa Cruz to discuss the importance of the removal of invasive, non-native plant species. We also learn how one man can create and lead an amazing team of volunteers to do this hard but necessary work. This shows one person can make a BIG difference.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Ken Moore’s interview that gave a personal history of how he became the weed warrior and how he fell in love with nature! In today’s show, Part 2, Ken talks more about the creation of the Wildlands Restoration Team. A team that is 100% volunteer based. They literally hand picked invasive species like scotch broom, pampas grass and English ivy until they were no more in areas around the Santa Cruz Area.
Ken also emphasizes how this work must continue and offers resources for anyone interested in carrying out this hard, but necessary work. Invasive species are detrimental for the growth of the native grasses that should be growing. Not allowing native plants to get through, affects the entire ecosystem as Ken explains, we lose biodiversity.
Please visit Ken’s volunteer page: wildwork.org – maybe you will be the next person to kickstart the weed warrior movement!
Invasive Plant Species Council: http://www.invasiveplantcontrol.com/about.html
California Invasive Plant Council: http://www.cal-ipc.org/solutions/management/