Invasive Species Management
Asian Long-horned Beetle. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Private Landowner Network contains all the information you need to learn about the harms (PDF) of invasive species and tips on how to eliminate them (PDF). Take advantage of this information during your spring cleaning to make sure invasive species are not infringing on your agricultural profit, damaging the health of your trees, or affecting your ability to get outside and recreate!
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Eat Invasive Species to Save the Planet
Wild Boar and Garlic Mustard. Photo Credit: eattheinvaders.org
You can help combat the spread of invasives like Wild Boar and Garlic Mustard by putting them on your dinner plate.
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant that is spreading rapidly across the nation, dominating and eliminating native plant species. There are no known predators of garlic mustard, except for humans! The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is one of the most destructive invasive species on the planet, causing an conservatively estimated $1.5 billion in damage in the U.S.
Click on these links for Garlic Mustard Pesto and Wild Boar Tenderloin recipes!
Florida: A Hotbed for Invasive Species
Cuban and Green tree frogs. Photo Credit: Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program
With a warm climate that many species can thrive in, Florida is a hotbed for invasive species that create huge ecological and economic damage. There are an estimated 130 invasive species of amphibians and reptiles alone, and dozens of invasive plants, insects, and mammals.
The Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is hoping to stem the rising tide of invasives in the state. Through multi-agency partnerships, FISP connects private and public landowners to professional expertise and assistance programs to help combat non-native species. As they are fond of saying, “invasive exotic species know no boundaries,” so in order to be effective they must work across boundaries as well.
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Pulling Together Initiative
Invasive Garlic Mustard. Photo Credit: Olivia Kwong.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation offers grants through its Pulling Together Initiative to control invasive species across the country. These grants create Cooperative Weed Management Area partnerships, which include private landowners, citizen groups, and invasive species experts. Together these partnerships create and implement long term weed management plans that drastically improve ecosystem health, farm, ranch and forest productivity, and educate communities.
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Get Involved in the Management of Invasive Species
Group listening to presentation on pond weed management. Photo Credit: NRCS
Across the country, there are many informational seminars and volunteer opportunities that can help you become knowledgeable and actively fight invasive species.
Here are some event opportunities for you to get involved in:
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The Lionfish Invasion Part I
Click here to listen to an interview of James Morris from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Studies on the invasive lionfish on NOAA's Diving Deeper podcast.
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