Locals on Sanibel Island off the southwest coast of Florida tried for years to figure out a way to get rid of the Australian Pine
, a tree that simply did not belong there.
Everglades National Park spends about $1 million annually on exotic-plant management, which includes efforts to eradicate Brazilian peppers, Australian pine
trees, and the Old World Climbing Fern.
Speaking from an Australian pine
forest Ruth, 44, said: "Knowing we've beaten the world record feels pretty good.
Speaking from the middle of an Australian pine
forest, Ruth, 44, said: "Knowing we've beaten the world record feels pretty good.
Known for its rapid growth, dense coverage, and thick litter accumulation, Australian pine
inhibits growth of native plants.
The first is the Australian Pine
. "They not only fall easily, but the root ball comes out of the ground, leaving you with a mass that weighs tons and often costs thousands of dollars for disposal." These, she says, grow in the frost-free regions, "but with the current warming trend, their range is expanding towards the north," She recommends that these trees be removed if they are within falling distance of a structure.
The aromas of steaming coffee and sweet, fresh organic fruits wafted under my nose as Anna navigated the market like a pro, pointing out the best stalls to buy soft, hand-knit wool "jumpers" and Australian pine
bowls and carvings.
Especially artistic is an Australian pine
grouping designed by John Naka, considered America's No.
"I'm the king of devastation," he jokes, standing next to the shattered red stump of a recently pulverized Australian pine
This enhancement involved removing exotic woody vegetation such as Brazilian Pepper and Australian Pine
, which crowds out the mangroves and other desirable species that maintain the habitat.
The once-rounded forest canopies that covered the Bahamas in pre-Columbian times are today serrated with the graceful spires of the aromatic Australian pine
, or Casuarina, a species introduced much later.