One of the projected impacts of a changing climate is an increase in non-native, invasive species in our forests. Forest landowners should monitor their forests for the presence of the following non-native plants that affect forest health within the United States (this is not a complete list):
- Kudzu-Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr.
- Japanese Honeysuckle-Lonicera japonica Thunb.
- Oriental Bittersweet-Celastrus orbiculatus
- Purple Loosestrife-Lythrum salicaria
- Japanese Stiltgrass-Microstegium vimineum
- Privet-Ligustrum spp.
- Mimosa-Albizia julibrissin
- Garlic Mustard-Alliaria petiolata
For other Invasive Species that affect the health of forests in the United States:
- Invasive Diseases
- Invasive Forest Insects
- Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
For More on Biodiversity in Forests