Terrestrial/Riparian Invasive Species

What are terrestrial and riparian invasive species?

  • Plants, animals and other organisms that have been introduced where they do not occur naturally
  • Lacking natural pathogens or predators that keep them under control in their native habitats
  • Spread rapidly and extensively through waterways
  • Difficult, if not impossible, to control and can form thick patches over large areas
  • Negatively impact biodiversity, species at risk, and water quality

CKISS Invasive Plant Priority Lists

What are the impacts of terrestrial and riparian invasive species?

  • Degrade wildlife habitat
  • Reduce biodiversity and cause the extinction of endangered species
  • Reduce crop quality and yield
  • Reduce forage availability for grazing animals
  • Increase wildfire hazard
  • Interfere with regeneration of forests
  • Increase soil erosion
  • Impact recreational activities

You can make a difference!!!

  • Learn to recognize and identify invasive species
  • Prevent infesting new areas by not planting invasive plants or their seeds. Become PlantWise!
  • Pull isolated or new patches of invasive plant species and properly dispose the yard waste.
  • PlayCleanGo: Check your clothing, pets, horses and vehicles for invasive plant fragments and seeds before entering or leaving a new area
  • Report new or isolated invasive plant and animal sightings

Invasive Plant Profiles – Terrestrial


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