Our forested landscapes have been taken over by the invasive plants. The process is gradual in some places and rapid in many others. A rapid wild-fire like invasion has occurred in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Lantana camara and Siam Weed are the most common shrubs that destroy habitats for our indigenous plants; which in turn affects the animals that depend on it. Efforts are in progress by the state forest department to ‘weed out’ the menace. Places that are heavily overrun by the exotic plants are being cleared in various phases.

Care Earth team has started assessing the works of removing the invasive plants in parts of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Pykara region, western and eastern parts of Mudumalai are the main locations where the assessment has been carried out. Indigenous plant saplings, fauna that uses the landscape are all under study to understand the effectiveness of removal by the state management.