Invasive Species | Public Lands Every Day

Invasive species present one of the greatest threats to the health and biodiversity of public lands. These unwelcome plants, insects and other organisms are disrupting the ecology of natural Invasive Plan Removal at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens National Parkecosystems, displacing native plant and animal species and degrading our nation's unique and diverse biological resources.

Join the nation-wide effort to eradicate non-native invasive plants on the next National Public Lands Day - September 26, 2015!

Whether you’re a public land manager, environmental educator or just an interested individual, check out these resources about invasive species.

Federal Resources ---  State Invasive Species Webpages ---  Non-Government Resources

Federal Resources

  • The Department of the Interior's The National Invasive Species Council provides a wealth of information on types of invasive species and appropriate control methods. The website highlights federal invasive species control programs and activities. 
  • The Department of Agriculture's National Invasive Species Information Center serves as a reference gateway to invasive species information, organizations and services covering federal, state, local and international sources. 
  • The Invasive Species Program is a portal to U.S. Forest Service invasive species information, related management and research activities across the agency and with Forest Service partners. 
  • PLANTS Database by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. There is a special section on invasive and noxious weeds. 
  • The National Park Service's Invasive Species website has photos, stories, descriptions, impacts, management and restoration information on different invasive species. Explore Nature: Invasive Species Management i s another National Park Service website that provides general information about exotic species and 17 Exotic Plant Management Teams that manage invasive plants on park lands.
  • Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas offers illustrated, easy-to-read fact sheets on invasive alien plants with native ranges, plant descriptions, ecological threats, U.S. distributions habitats, background of introductions, plant reproduction dispersal, management approaches, alternative native plants and other useful information. 
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's  "What are invasive species?" and Environmental Contaminants Program contain resources for teachers and an electronic library of information on invasive species as contaminants of ecosystems. 
  • The Bureau of Land Management's Invasive and Noxious Weeds website offers Information about invasive weeds, national strategy and weed wanted posters. 
  • Invasive Species, a website of the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides general information about coastal invasive species, fact sheets and links. 
  • Nab the Aquatic Invader! has general information about exotic species, list of exotic aquatic animals and plants and resources for teachers. 
  • The US Geological Survey website, Ecosystems - Invasive Species Program, provides general information about invasive plants and describes the agency’s role in federal efforts to combat invasive species. 

State Invasive Species Webpages 

Non-Government Resources