Protect Your Public Lands

Our understanding of invasive species, the threats they pose, and how we should address those threats changes as we learn more. Invasive species are a complex challenge in the National Park Service, but the good news is that you can help prevent their impacts by making a few simple choices, whether in national parks or in your community.

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Invasive plants and animals can disrupt ecosystems even in highly protected National Parks. Learn how parks are taking action with help from Inventory & Monitoring as the first alert to new pests and with Exotic Plant Management Teams that tackle invasive species treatment and removal.

A close up of a ball python

Invasive animals

Learn about invasive animal species and how they impact national parks.

Park staff spearing an invasive lion fish

Invasive aquatic species

Aquatic species are plants and animals that survive in the water.

A man pulling invasive plants from the bank of a river

Invasive plants

Learn about invasive plant species impacting national parks

Last updated: April 21, 2021