Many non-native species have set up residence in the Obed Wild and Scenic River. A non-native is any species that occurs outside its native range as a result of deliberate or accidental introduction by humans. Non-natives compete with native species for habitat and food and often take over specialized ecosystems that rare plants or animals need to survive.
The non-native species are not natural components of the ecological system and, as a result, have not evolved in concert with the native species. Often, non-native species will not have natural predators, so their numbers will grow alarmingly. In fact, most of the successful non-natives seem to be pre-adapted to our area. This could be explained by the biological similarity between the Obed WSR and regions of Europe, East Asia, and western North America. The presence of non-native species in the Obed WSR is a detriment to the park because of the reduction in biological diversity as native populations are forced out of their environmental niches.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgids
Managing Non-native Species
Did You Know?
Did you know that "Longhunters" - white men who hunted for animal skins and furs - came to the Obed region in the 18th century? The flintlock rifle was the preferred weapon of choice.