“In a new environment, invasive species are free from natural predators, parasites, or competitors found in their native habitats, and they often develop very high populations. These large populations can out-compete and displace native species, or can reduce wildlife, food, and habitat. Some invasive species can reduce forest productivity by reducing tree growth rates, restricting tree seedling establishment, elevating fire hazard, and increasing site preparation costs.”*
*source: Trees Atlanta – https://treesatlanta.org/our-programs/forest-restoration/
The above statement speaks to the general issue of invasive species in Atlanta. Right here in Atlanta Memorial Park, the reality is that kudzu, privet, and other invasive plants are aggressively taking over sections of the park. Unless efforts are made to reduce their footprint, they will eventually dominate.