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Bethlehem in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Non-Native Plants

Along The Hoover-Mason Trestle

 
 
Non-Native Plants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
1. Non-Native Plants Marker
Inscription.

NON-NATIVE PLANTS ARRIVED HERE BY HUMAN ACTIVITY either deliberate or accidental. American colonists brought seeds and plants from their home countries for food production, medicinal purposes and ornamental gardening.

Seeds arrived in the ballast of ships; packing material and seeds also hitchhiked on the colonist's clothing, shoes, or on the hooves or fur of animals and in their waste. Also, explorers and botanists, who traveled the world collecting specimens, introduced their collections to American horticulture for propagation.

Many of these plants have naturalized into the wild and are now part of our countryside. Some plants that arrived on our shores have become invasive competitors that compromise once healthy ecosystems.

Examples [clockwise from top]:
Foxtail, Setaria sp.
Butterfly Bush, Buddleia sp.
Oriental Bittersweet, Celastrus Orbiculatus
 
Erected by SteelStacks.
 
Location. 40° 36.902′ N, 75° 21.885′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Hoover-Mason Trestle at SteelStacks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 711 East 1st Street, Bethlehem PA 18015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Non-Native Plants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
2. Non-Native Plants Marker
walking distance of this marker. Why Did Bethlehem Close? (a few steps from this marker); The Flow Of Goods & Money (a few steps from this marker); Wartime Steel (within shouting distance of this marker); The No. 2 Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); A Changing Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Heat Treating (within shouting distance of this marker); One Of The Hardest Jobs In The World (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Legacy of Steel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
 
Also see . . .
1. Invasive Plants of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. PA DCNR Invasive Plants. (Submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania Native Plant Society. (Submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. What is SteelStacks?. (Submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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