Non-Native Invasive Plant Species

Invasive species have been characterized as a "catastrophic wildfire in slow motion." Thousands of non-native invasive plants, insects, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, pathogens, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have infested hundreds of millions of acres of land and water across the Nation, causing massive disruptions in ecosystem function, reducing biodiversity, and degrading ecosystem health in our Nation's forests, prairies, mountains, wetlands, rivers, and oceans. Invasive organisms affect the health of not only the Nation's forests and rangelands but also of wildlife, livestock, fish, and humans.

The White Mountain National Forest and the entire White Mountain region is fortunate that infestation levels of invasive plants and animals are relatively low. Many species which are widespread throughout the New England and the northeast are not yet well established in the White Mountain region. The White Mountain National Forest is undertaking effective prevention and control measures to minimize the impact of these introduced species on the landscape. One key element of this program is the White Mountain Early Detection Network. This network of conservation professionals is working to identify new incursions of invasives species early in the invasion cycle when they can be more successfully eradicated.