Removing Invasive Plants
Cave Hill is home to wildlife, including this eastern box turtle who was discovered by volunteers in the course of invasive plant removal meant to promote native plant communities that benefit her and other animals. Cave Hill suffers severe problems from invasive plants including bush honeysuckle, privet, and black swallowwort. These species dominate the understory and prevent the establishment and regeneration of native species that animals depend on for food and cover. In turn, the diversity, ecological value, and attractiveness of those systems can be lost.