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In the Carolina Piedmont, thickets of native Blackberry (Rubus spp.)
and non-native Japanese Honeysuckle
(Lonicera japonica) often invade
early during old field succession. Although they don't look like much,
thickets are invaluable in providing shelter and food for birds
and small mammals.

Natural Succession at Hilton Pond

Control of Foreign Invasive Plants

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