Invasive Species Profiles

The Invasive Species Profiles were designed to make finding reliable information on invasive species easier. Our goal is to deliver current, practical, research-based information from a wide array of sources, enabling people to make informed decisions regarding the prevention and mitigation of environmental, economic, and health impacts from invasive species. The CoP website content is designed to meet the diverse informational needs of audiences that include Master Gardeners, Cooperative Extension System educators and staff, natural resource managers, administrators, elected officials, and other decision makers.

Each Invasive Species Profile contains Information, Descriptions & Images to help you identify a specific invasive species. There are profiles on invasive Aquatic (water-dwelling) plants, animals, and other oganisms. You wll also find information on invasive Terrestrial (land-dwelling) plants, animals and other organisms. If you have images you would like to contribute for use with an Invasive Species Profile please submit them to BugwoodImages.

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Native plants that resemble a specific invasive species may be included in a profile. If you are aware of a native species “look-alike” to an invasive species in your region that has not been included, please contact us so we can add that information. 

Learning resources such as identification cards, fact sheets or videos specific to each species will also be included as they are available. If you know of pertinent learning resources that are not listed please notify us so they can be added.

Each profile contains other resources such as information on management and control options. Resources are included from each region affected by an invasive species, enabling people to find information relevant to their area. Regionally-specific information is important; for example, some species may be native to one area and invasive in another or treatments recommended for one area may not work as well in another region.

Contributions: If you have relevant resources that are current and research-based, please contact Karan at about adding them. Resources are needed to help people learn, as well as to help them teach others.