Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora
The Japan Times | Sept. 15, 2013
Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation’s newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say.
In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru Line toll road, which winds 2,300 meters up to the fifth station and nearby trekking trails, researchers found 56 foreign species likely brought in from elsewhere…
… a nonprofit organization called Fujisan Club — working with the governments of Yamanashi Prefecture and the town of Fujikawaguchiko — has been extricating bur cucumbers from Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.
Bur cucumbers, which are native to North America, are fast growers that climb and engulf plants around them, often strangling them…more...
Previous 3Yen reports of the eco-disaster and symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji include:
• Mount Fuji Trash Pile officially opens (3Yen / 2010-07-01)
• Fuji mountain of trash — World Heritage site? (3Yen / 2007-01-25)
• Mount Fuji — Just say no. (3Yen / 2005-07-29)