Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): James H. Miller
    Date: 1997
    Source: Alabama Wildlife. Spring/Summer 1997. p. 36-39.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    PDF: Download Publication  (377 KB)


    Millions of acres of forest land in the Southeast are being occupied increasingly by non-indigenous harmful plants--exotic invasive plants. They are called exotic invasive plants, because these plants from other continents invade areas in the U.S. faster and more completely than most native species. Invasive exotic plants impede forest productivity, hinder forest-use activities, and limit diversity and wildlife habitat on millions of acres of forest land in the Southeast. Infestations of these plants and their range are constantly expanding. The actual infested acreage and spread rates of encroaching exotic plants are surprisingly unknown, even though this information is essential for planning eradication and containment strategies for the region. Kudzu and Japanese honeysuckle alone occupy over 7 million acres each and their spread rates are obviously increasing. Exotic plant biopollution threatens plant and animal biodiversity across the landscape and continues to capture our highly valued nature preserves and recreational lands. All federal parks and forest lands in the Southeast have exotic infestations. The current problems with exotic imports grows worse with no foreseeable declines.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Miller, James H. 1997. Exotic Plants are Invading Southeastern Forests. Alabama Wildlife. Spring/Summer 1997. p. 36-39.

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page