Invasive Species

Green spaces and backyards in Glenview and throughout the area are being invaded by plant species that are not native to Illinois and can cause environmental damage.

These invasive species crowd out many native wildflowers and gain an ecological edge that impacts natural landscapes, including woodlands, savannas, prairies and wetlands.

The Village of Glenview Environment and Natural Resources Commission and the Glenview Park District schedule restoration work days throughout the year, during which volunteers work to remove invasive, non-native plants along the North Branch of the Chicago River, in The Grove Natural Historic Landmark and Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie. But these removal efforts can't remain effective if the invasive plants are allowed to thrive on private properties or continue to be planted by gardeners.

Landowners and residents can help thwart invasive plants by recognizing them, eliminating them from the outset and not planting them or encouraging their growth.

Here are just a few of the invasive plants that can be easily found in the Glenview area:


Canada Thistle

Garlic Mustard


Purple Loosestrife


Emerald Ash Borer

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