- They are of particular concern because they pose unknown or likely future competition to our native flora.
- They are of particular priority because, as their populations are still small, they have the greatest potential to be effectively controlled or even eradicated.
OC-CNPS members can assist in resolving these challenges by providing Early Detection and Rapid Response:
- Trained “eyes on the ground” to report new populations of priority emergent weed species.
- Facilitation of coordination of land managers, land owners and potential labor forces for response and control, both within and across boundaries.
- Volunteer labor to remove priority weed populations that may otherwise not be managed.
- The list is dynamic, changing as emergent populations become known and controlled and new ones are found.
- It contains a manageable number of emergent weeds.
- It may contain:
- Species that OC-CNPS has given top priority due to their local distribution, invasiveness, and ability to negatively impact native habitat.
- Other locally occurring priority species that will be evaluated regularly.
- Potentially invasive species with unknown status.
- New potential invaders that have not yet been observed in Orange County.
- Directs ongoing treatment activities at specific sites throughout Orange County. These include emergent invasives and other non-native invasive plants.
- Recognizes that a number of other weed species are high priorities regionally, but that its own capacity to deal with those wide-spread, common weeds is limited.