Wind Cave National Park Nonnative Species

Aliens are invading the park! Of the more than 500 species of plants within Wind Cave National Park, more than 100 are non-native. Some non-native, such as Canada thistle, can create monocultures that can threaten the diversity of the prairie. In a monoculture, only one plant thrives. This loss of species diversity affects not only the prairie, but the animals that depend upon the prairie as a food source. The park is researching several non-native plants to find ways to control them. For more information go to

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.