Invasive Species and the NPS
Invasive species are a major concern for the iconic landscapes of our National Parks. Invasive species (also referred to as exotic or non-native species) are typically non-native plants or animal from other geographic regions that are introduced locally, either intentionally or inadvertently. However, there are some native invasive species. Invasive species can be found in all walks of life, including microscopic insects, large mammals, attractive plants, and aquatic creatures. Invasive species crowd out native plants, degrade native habitat, threaten endangered species, damage infrastructure, decrease the biodiversity, and change the way natural areas function.