Cape Ivy Threatening Ecosystem

By Logan Hall

The hills surrounding Highway 150 near Lake Casitas are being overrun by cape ivy, an invasive plant that can destroy its surrounding ecosystem. Oaks and other native trees and plants are being smothered and, in many cases, officials say, the weight of the vine alone can pull down and devour entire trees. Spreading rapidly, it blankets the ground and hinders the new growth of almost all other vegetation. Soil erosion can then become rampant, which could lead to mud slides. If left unchecked, entire hillsides can be stripped of

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