Invasive Species & Resources
What is an invasive species?
An invasive species is a non-native species (including seeds, eggs, spores, or other propagules) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health. The term "invasive" is used for the most aggressive species. These species grow and reproduce rapidly, causing major disturbance to the areas in which they are present.
Things to know about invasive species:
- Invasive species, if left uncontrolled, can and will limit land use now and into the future.
- The longer we ignore the problem the harder and more expensive the battle for control will become.
- Invasive species can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and other outdoor recreational activities.
- The United States suffers from $120 billion per year in economic losses due to exotic, invasive species.
- Approximately 42% of Threatened or Endangered species are at risk due to non-native, invasive species.
University of Connecticut, UConn, has a working group and website dedicated to CT invasive plant species, called the CT Invasive Plant Working Group. Their website has a myriad of resources and information available, which includes:
|Invasive Species Resources|
|Invasive Plant Atlas of New England||IPANE|
|Invasive Plant List |
CT State Resources
|US Department of Agriculture|
|The Scoop on Invasive Plants||CT Audubon|
|FAQs about Invasive species||US Fish & Wildlife Services|
|Invasives in Connecticut||CT DEEP|
|Water Chestnut in the Region||RiverCOG|
|Aquatic Invasives||CT DEEP|
|Invasive Plant List||Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group|
|Invasive Plants in your Backyard||CT River Coastal Conservation District|
|JBoat Cleaning Tips||CT DEEP|
|Aquatic Species Brochure||CT DEEP|
|Why Do We Care if Non-native Plants Enter Our Water Bodies?||CT DEEP|
|Releasing Bait and Aquarium Pets||CT DEEP|
|Best Management Practices for Vessel Decontamination||CT DEEP|