Great River Bluffs State Park will host a special meeting to discuss non-native insects and plants invading the wooded areas of the region and the state.
Invasive species that have moved into the area and are threatening native species of plants and animals, include the emerald ash borer, buckthorn, garlic mustard, and Queen Ann's lace.
According to the Post-Bulletin, new invasive species such as oriental bittersweet and Japanese barberry are also appearing in the region.
The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., March 16th at the park office.
The talk is free but all vehicles must have a park sticker to enter Great River Bluffs State Park, which is located north of La Crescent.