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Impact of invasive species

Non-native invasive species can have numerous impacts within natural areas, production forest lands, pastures, right of ways, roadsides, and urban green spaces. Invasive plant infestations can out-compete native species, eventually displacing or killing them. Reductions in native plant biodiversity and health in turn lead to reduced availability of wildlife food and habitat. Some invasive species also have additional negative effects on ecosystem functions, such as fire regimes, water cycles, soil characteristics, and the regeneration of forests and other natural areas. Ultimately, infestations reduce crop and forest productivity, impact wildlife, hamper hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities and reduce ecosystem functioning.

In addition to costs associated with harm to the environment and reduced land productivity, invasive plant control costs billions of dollars each year. Unless caught early, control of invasive plant infestations can take years of herbicide applications and/or extensive cutting, mowing, mulching or pulling. Preventing the establishment of invasive plants and catching infestations when still small are the most cost-effective ways to help slow the spread of invasive plants across the landscape.

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Moving Hay May Spread Cogongrass in Alabama

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Current drought conditions have left many Alabama... more

Managing Chinese Privet

Chinese Privet has become so numerous and naturalized throughout Alabama that many folks no longer see it as the non-native, invasive... more

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Alabama

This timely information sheet provides information about the brown marmorated stinkbug, which has been found in 15 counties in Alabamahttps://sites.aces.edu/group/timelyinfo/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=822... more

Alabama Natural Resources Council Outreach Symposium & Awards Banquet

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Landowners join us for the Alabama Natural... more

Alabama Natural Resources Council Outreach Symposium and Awards Banquet

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … The ANRC Symposium and Awards Banquet will... more

2015 AFVGA Conference Highlights for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

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Don't miss it! Final Non-Timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar

Just a reminder that the final Non-Timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar will be Friday …... more

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series Resumes on February 6

Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … Please join us for this webinar series... more

Webinar Explains How to Deal with Sugarcane Aphid

Last week Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research produced an excellent webinar about sugarcane aphid …... more

​Forestry Field Days Improve Land Management

Forest lands cover more than 210 million acres in the southeastern United States, and there are more than 21 million acres... more


Alabama Natural Resources Council (ANRC)

Alabama Natural Resources Council The Alabama Natural Resources Council is a state wide organization that works to develop programs that increase the values of the state's forest resources. These programs are managed by three Council appointed committees: the County Outreach Committee, the Treasure Forest Committee, and the Forest Resources Committee.