• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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Exotic Invasive Plants

Ice Plant, a non-native invasive species.

Ice Plant, a non-native invasive species.

There is a silent yet sinister struggle occurring at Point Reyes National Seashore. Native habitats are being significantly altered as invasive, non-native plant species out-compete native plants. As natives are replaced by non-natives, "habitat value" (the ability for an area to support the natural variety of plant and animal species) decreases. Non-native species are one of the most serious threats to the earth's biodiversity. Second only to habitat destruction, they threaten about half of all endangered species (Wilcove 1998)! All it takes is one seemingly harmless seed to disturb natural systems that have been in place for hundreds of thousands of years.

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A Blight on the Land
Changing our Natural Ecosystems
Choosing our Battles
Integrated Pest Management at Point Reyes National Seashore
Be Part of the Solution
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Bubblegum coral. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...