$225k federal grant helping Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center battle invasive plants

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The City of Knoxville and Ijams Nature Center are getting help from a $225,000 federal grant to take out several invasive species of vegetation across more than 100 acres.

The City of Knoxville released on Tuesday that invasive brush honeysuckle and privet, along with several other invasive species, are causing a citywide problem. The plants can grow 20 to 30 feet high and are so thick that they can overwhelm and choke out native plants. At Ijam’s Nature Center alone, which covers 318 acres, more than 40 exotic species have been identified and documented.

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