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  •  What % of youth can identify natives vs invasives? (11+ / 0-)

    Say, youth under 25-yo?

    It's important for many reasons, directly (per this diary) and indirectly. Learning the fundamentals of ecology carries over into so many other facets of life. Understanding the web-of-life, that if you affect one variable it carries over into unanticipated effects, is invaluable. (Torture? Drones? Invasions? Blowback? Pollution/negative-externalities? Etc.)

    @ForesterBob: not to mention Himalayan blackberry! (Rubus armeniacus). :-)

    •  People of all ages have lost the connection (11+ / 0-)

      to the land. Most of the people planting and nurturing invasives are homeowners, and thus will be older than 25.

      But each successive generation is exposed to less nature and more of the indoors. Not many people will work to save what they do not understand.

      I grew up on 2 acres with a big garden. Houses were on two sides. But to the west was a horse and cattle pasture complete with an old farmhouse and big red barn. To the north was a large stretch of hardwood forest. You can probably guess which direction I went when I had spare time.

      Today, there are houses on all four sides. Fewer and fewer young people have nature at their doorsteps.

      As for the Himalayan blackberry, it is a major invasive in the Northwest. The southern woods are full of other blackberries which I believe to be native.

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