Stop California's Next Plant Invasion

by Sustainable Conservation

Organization campaign Keep it all San Francisco, CA, US

What if you could protect more of what you love about California - its breathtaking landscapes, habitat and wildlife - today? You can! Support our effort to prevent an emerging invasive plant, Mexican feathergrass, from invading California's wild lands. See the whole story

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$8,295

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Finished Jul 31, 2014

Beautifully disguised, but ugly to the core, invasive plants ravage California’s native habitat, clog waterways and provide dangerous fuel for wildfires. Invasive plants cost California taxpayers over $82 million each year in one of our top environmental battles.

Good News 
Future plant invasions can be prevented, and we have a key opportunity to do that right now. In the process we’ll be protecting more of what we love, while creating healthier habitats, ecosystems and local economies for California. 

980 Million Reasons to Join Us 
There is a new beauty in disguise, poised to invade California’s wild lands: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima). Added to PlantRight’s list of problem plants just this year, it’s no surprise that well-meaning nurseries and garden centers are caught with this invasive inventory on hand. We can do nothing, wait, and deal with the damage after-the-fact. Or, we can act swiftly to accelerate this phase-out, with the least environmental damage.

 

Today, one of the top growers of Mexican feathergrass has 14,000 plants in the production pipeline ready to ship to 200 nurseries throughout the state. But they’re willing to forgo profit and sell them at cost to PlantRight (This grower has stopped all production of this plant, is helping us dispose of it in an environmentally responsible fashion, and is now helping us educate the largest retailers in the country). Set free in our landscapes, these 14,000 plants would produce over 980 million seeds and untold millions of invasive progeny.

Join us to accelerate this phase-out, protect California’s native species and preserve the unrivaled beauty of our natural landscapes. 

With your support, we can protect the California we all enjoy.

Every $5 donation pulls two Mexican feathergrass plants out of distribution, every $10 pulls four, etc. Lucky for us, an especially-inspired donor will match all contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. We just need $10,000 in donations from concerned citizens like you to meet our goal!

Thank you for helping us stop the next plant invasion before it starts, and for protecting more of what you love in California! Don’t forget to rally all your like-minded friends.

PlantRight acknowledges the vital support of our partners in this effort:


Acknowledgments & appreciations: Our infinite gratitude to the musical genius of The xx, and to the uncommon generosity of Creative Commons (Flickr). Ditto to John Randall, UC Davis Arboretum and UC ANR for their photographs.

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