Remember the snakehead? In 2002, the discovery of this Asian species of fish in Maryland and Virginia brought invasive species to America’s attention.
What is an Invasive Species? Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens in an ecosystem which may cause environmental or economic harm. In 1999, President William J. Clinton issued Executive Order 13112—Invasive Species which established the Invasive Species Council and outlined the responsibilities of Federal agencies for dealing with invasive species.
The National Invasive Species Council spearheads Federal efforts to control invasive species and restore ecosystems. The USDA National Agricultural Library has created the National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) to help people find more information on this threat. The Forest Service’s Invasive Species Program includes videos and publications about the management of invasive species and research related to them. The video Defending Favorite Places shows how we can stop the spread of these invaders.
Federal depository libraries throughout the United States provide the public with free access to reports and hearings that show how the Federal Government is fighting this threat.
- Forest pest insects in North America: a photographic guide: Helps foresters and arborists recognize nonnative insects
- Fort Collins Science Center, Invasive Species Science Branch: research and management tools for controlling invasive species: Looks at how the Invasive Species Science Branch of the Fort Collins Science Center deals with reptile invaders like the brown tree snakes in Guam and the Burmese Python in Florida
- Invasive species program: snakeheads, aquatic invaders: Provides background information on snakeheads, describes the threat they pose and what the Government did to address the threat
- Protecting Southwestern Alaska from Invasive Species: From the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Region, addresses threats posed to rural Alaska
GPO’s U.S. Government Bookstore offers the following publications about invasive species.
- A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests provides the latest information on how to organize and enact prevention programs, build strategies, and implement integrated procedures for the management of nonnative plants.
- Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Fire and Nonnative Invasive Plants provides information on relationships between wildland fire and nonnative invasive plants.
- Invasive Plants of Alaska describes invasive, non-native plants moving into Alaska.
The following websites also offer information on this important topic.
The Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is a collaborative project between the National Park Service and the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. The Atlas provides information about non-native plant species that invade natural areas, excluding agricultural and other developed lands.
The Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) is identified in the invasive species Executive Order 13112 as a key Federal-level organization on which the National Invasive Species Council is to rely for the implementation of the Executive Order and the coordination of Federal agency activities to prevent and control invasive plants.
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- Click here to purchase A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
- Click here to purchase Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Fire and Nonnative Invasive Plants
- Click here to purchase Invasive Plants of Alaska
- Click here to purchase Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2015
- Click here to purchase Major Forest Insect and Disease Conditions in the United States: 2013
- Click here to browse our Plants collection
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About the author: Cynthia Earman is a Cataloging & Metadata Librarian in the Library Services & Content Management division of the U.S. Government Publishing Office.