Friday, April 30, 2010
This month's invasive exotic species is the deplorable English ivy (Hedera helix). Native to most of Europe where natural controls keep this unwieldy vine in check, it has become a particular problem in the United States and Australia. Much like kudzu, English ivy will slowly take over a forest and eventually wrestle entire trees to the ground under its oppressive weight. On Earth Day '10, English forces joined the Friends of Rock Creek Park in an effort to halt the advancement of the English ivy take over. It is a slow tedious process, but I guess Rome wasn't built in a day. And all of this leaves me with an ethical dilemma. What should I do with the English ivy my grandmother gave me for my 30th birthday?