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