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Invasive Species

Invasive SpeciesBlack Swallow WortGiant Hogweed (CAUTION!)Canary Reedgrass or Common ReedPurple LossestrifeAsian Longhorned BeetleCommon and Glossy Buckthorn

Improvements in travel technology have dramatically increased the rate of non-native species of plants and animals being introduced into the United States. Many arrive on our shores in the ballast water of ships, packing materials, wood used for shipping pallets, ornamental plants, and soil. Once here, they often lack their natural enemies, pests, or disease that kept them in check in their native environment. This can allow them to spread quickly, causing negative biological and economic impacts.  Click an image above for more information


Invasive Animal Species
Invasive Plant Species

Interim Invasive Plant Species Lists Compiled by USDA NRCS New York

Herbaceous and Woody Species

September 18, 2009 - USDA NRCS New York has compiled an interim list of invasive species of herbaceous and woody plants until an official list is released.

Emerald Ash borer

Report an Invasive Species

If you would like to report a plant or animal pest or disease, or ask a question related to animal and plant health or regulations, please visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Web site to find local contact information.

Information Resources

Invasive and Exotic Species to North America (
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Invasive and Noxious Weeds - USDA NRCS Plants Database

Invasive Plant Council of New York State (IPCNYS) The purpose of the Invasive Plant Council of New York State is to provide an information clearinghouse for invasive plant identification, research and management.

Invasive Species - USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

Meeting the Challenges of Invasive Species - Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) - USDA Natural Agricultural Library

New York Invasive Species Information - Cornell University Cooperative Extension)

New York Invasive Species Research Institute  - Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The mission of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute is to coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.

Nuisance and Invasive Species (NYSDEC) New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Service Center LocatorThe National Invasive Species Council  (NISC)
The National Invasive Species Council provides high-level interdepartmental coordination of federal invasive species actions and works with other federal and non-federal groups to address invasive species issues at the national level.