What are invasive species?

Invasive species are plants, animals, and other organisms either accidentally or intentionally introduced from outside their historic range that cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. In recent years, the rate and risk of invasive species introductions has been exacerbated due to increased movement of people and materials and increased environmental degradation. Due to the lack of natural predators in their new environment and high reproductive ability, invasives can quickly become widespread and out-compete native species.

Significant negative impacts can result from the spread of invasive species but simple changes to behavior are usually all that’s needed to prevent the spread. Learn more about what you can do by watching the short video below: