The Ubiquitous Iceplant

If you spend enough time in Point Reyes or in Northern California, you will fun into the iceplant. This plant looks harmless enough, but in fact, there is two-year program to remove this South African invader around the Point Reyes Lighthouse. As described by the new blog from students at the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center,

One of the largest concerns with Iceplant today is actually what it was brought here to do in the first place: stabilize soil.

Iceplant mats are great for stabilizing loose blowing sand, but it turns out that this isn’t going to earn it a gold star. In dune habitats, stable sand hurts native plants and animals adapted to live in a more free dune life.

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