Ban Invasive Japanese Barberry in NJ

Ban Invasive Japanese Barberry in NJ

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Fisher Neal started this petition to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The exotic and invasive Japanese Barberry is overwhelming our forests, yet it remains widely available for purchase from nurseries and garden stores. The problem is so bad that many of our public lands such as Sweet Hollow Preserve in Alexandria Township and Hagedorn Preserve in Glen Gardener have large areas rendered useless because they are covered by impenetrable infestations of Barberry. The bush has been banned in New York, Maine, and Minnesota already, and sterile cultivars exist that could replace the fertile ones currently available.

Barberry produces small fruits that are eaten by a wide range of bird species. Ornamental plants in yards and shopping areas are quickly found in nearby forests through this seed dispersion. The plants are long lived and can survive in the poorest of soils. Their impact on plant biodiversity is substantial, which broad impacts down the food chain. Their thorny stems and tough leaves make them unpalatable to deer that might otherwise control them.

For the good of our forests, fertile cultivars of Japanese Barberry need to be banned, and citizens educated on identification and control measures. Please join us in pushing for our DEP to do the right thing!

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