Mind Map For Invasive Plants

I have also created a Google Doc that contains the same information, but is more elaborate and organized (https://docs.google.com/document/d/13BiboSRbOm5ydQuo9D0IytdillzUeTokeDH9As_EgWY/edit?usp=sharing)


Brynna Kearns

4 Responses to “Mind Map For Invasive Plants

  • Emily Rinkema
    6 years ago

    Hi Brynna,

    Your map is so thorough, and the sheer number of resources you have found shows what a significant issue this is in our state and beyond. One of the challenges of your topic is that it’s hard to see beyond “we need to educate people about this” as a solution at times. But that’s difficult, because for most of us, invasive plants seem to have little to no impact on our daily lives. I was struck by the Importance section of your map and google doc, and seeing the list of ways the invasives effect people and the ecosystem; this seemed to me the area where you may find a “seed” of an idea to move forward. For example, seeing that there is a connection between Lyme disease and invasive plants may be what the public needs to care.

    Thanks for your attention to detail!

    • Hi Emily,

      While writing my latest post I kept in mind that elaborating on certain things is important in getting my point across, for example I found an explanation for the increase in Lyme disease carrying ticks. Putting the pieces together for my plan of action is tricky because there’s so many different elements that come into play here with this topic, and I hope that my newest blog posts sums up my thought process in a clear and fluent manner. Thank you for continuing to read my blog!


  • Ceci Lewis
    6 years ago

    I agree with Emily; you are well on your way. The information you have gathered so far is quite impressive. As I was reading the list of invasive plants, I was struck by finding honeysuckle on that list. I wonder how many people love having honeysuckle in their yard because it smells so heavenly when it is flowering. My husband is a master gardener and certified arborist and he always claims that one man’s weed is another man’s flower.
    How might you change some people’s minds? I also agree with Emily that education is important, but action is imperative. How might this knowledge be turned into action?
    I thoroughly enjoy watching your thinking process play out. Thank you for letting me share this experience with you.

    • Hi Ceci,

      The action I plan to take is still in the process of creation. The slide show I’ve just created (and posted) is really my first step toward taking action. Once I finish the process of turning this social issue into a documentary, I can start distributing it and spreading the word and hopefully provoke action from those who view it. Somewhere down the road I’d like to take action myself, possibly by finding new innovative ways removing aquatic and woodland invasive plant species that are less costly, joining an organization that is already taking action, or maybe a combination of different things. These steps that I’m taking right now are all for the purpose of finding my direction and gathering my sources, so after I come back from the retreat I can take off with this topic and get some serious work done. The further I research and the more people I talk to, the more progress I’ll be able to make later on. I’m very excited to take this idea and mold it into something that will create change in some way, shape, or form. Thank you for continuing to read my blog!


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