Invasive Plants and Fire: A Preview

Posted by Michelle Vignault




Invasive plants are non-native species that have been introduced intentionally or accidently. Once established, these plants are harmful in many different ways. Invasive plants cause numerous problems that vary depending on the species, location, land use and desirable vegetation. The negative impacts can range from poor esthetics to altering the utility and function of ecosystems.  One of the most detrimental effects of invasive plants is the impact on fire.  Certain species may establish or spread after fires have eliminated desirable vegetation.  Invasive plants may also exacerbate the rate, spread, and intensity of wildfires.  These impacts may irreparably change ecosystems and increase the costs associated with land management.  Because the costs of invasive plant and fire management are exorbitant, any and all techniques and technologies that can improve control and reduce costs must be embraced by land managers.


Clearion supports to manage large and dynamic ecosystems. Our technology is a critical tool for planning and implementing land management strategies necessary to prevent the spread of invasive plants that exacerbate the risk or spread of fires. On February 4, we’ll take a deeper dive into this hot topic. Until then, learn what our agronomists have to say about Broomsedge, an invasive perennial weed found throughout the Southeastern United States. Or head over to