Invasive Species in Ohio: Pathways, Policies, and Costs , from the Union of Concerned Scientists

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As naturalists, we should all be very concerned with non-native invasive species. These plants and animals are brought, purposefully or accidentally, by people into ecosystems from far-away places. Once they establish themselves in a new geographic area, they out compete native life because they lack natural enemies in the new range, and reproduce quickly.

Many organisms on state and federal endangered species lists are there because of competition from non-native invasive species. As if this weren’t bad enough, there are many economic impacts stemming from these invasions. To learn more, go to the Ohio Invasive Plant Council’s web site, or read the new report linked here:

Invasive Species in Ohio: Pathways, Policies, and Costs | Union of Concerned Scientists


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