Eastern Redcedar
Juniperus virginiana

 Unlike most invasive species, eastern redcedar is a native plant.  It has become an invasive species ever since Europeans settled Nebraska.  The reason why it is an invasive is because it is highly susceptible to fire.  Since the Europeans settled the plains, there have been very few fires to control the redcedar.  Eastern redcedar is an evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 30 to 35 feet. 

Environmental Impacts
 Eastern redcedar causes problems on rangeland.  It spreads over grasses and limits the amount of grass cattle can consume.  It is a good habitat for wildlife.  It is spread by birds that feed on the berries and pass the seeds through them. 

Remedial Action
 One of the most effective ways to control the redcedar is to use controlled burns.  Fires originally controlled the redcedar and it is still an effective way to control them.  Trees that are three feet or less in height will be the most effectively controlled.  Trees that are taller may not be controlled.  Chemicals can be used to control the redcedar and can be effective but they are very labor intensive.  Studies have shown that a combination of fire and chemicals to control the redcedar can be the most economically effective way to control eastern redcedar.  Larger trees can only be controlled mechanically.