Invasive Plants

Invasive plants are becoming a huge problem all over the country. Once they take up residence, they can crowd out and destroy native vegetation. These plants often grow very quickly and can be difficult to get rid of. How are they spread? By a variety of ways, including seeds being carried by wind, cars, water runoff, hikers and on the feet of animals. The FRCC takes controlling invasives very seriously and hires a specialist to help with this difficult task. Interested in helping out? Throughout the year there are volunteer days where a few people can make a BIG difference. Use our contact form to let us know you are interested and learn more.

Below are some great resources to help you learn more about invasive plants and help identify them. The next two images show some basic descriptions and terms that can be useful when viewing plants in general:

invasive plant chart

invasive plant chart

These two resources detail the invasive plants found in Connecticut. Both are PDF files:

List of CT Invasive Plants
Farmington River Invasives Brochure

A terrific guide put out by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. It is actually for mid-Atlantic invasive plants but contains many found in our area:

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Guide