Invasive plant species are introduced species that live beyond their normal range and that have characteristics that are detrimental to their new location. These troublesome plants are adaptable, aggressive, have a high reproductive capacity, and generally lack natural enemies in their new location. These characteristics lead to outbreaks in which the invasive plant species may degrade or eliminate habitat for native species, both plant and animal.
Following are selected species of concern within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.