Last weekend I visited two different trails that have had extensive non-native plant removal. It was really neat to see the difference in the understory of these areas compared to, say, Shoal Creek. At Gus Fruh Trail, the Greenbelt Guardians have waged a years-long campaign against ligustrum. The result is an open understory with a wide variety of native trees and plants coming up. Lots of diversity. Same thing at Bull Creek Greenbelt – you can see further into the woods and there are all kinds of different things growing. (Including lots of poison ivy – a native – so be careful if you visit!)
I’m sure Charlie will want me to point out, we’ve been working hard to restore Shoal Creek’s natural balance, too, by removing invasives like ligustrum, nandina, and chinaberry.