Invasive Species header

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.

Invasive Species News   RSS

Bamboo: Benefit or Boogeyman?

Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea), planted as an ornamental and historically for use as fishing poles, is a familiar sight spreading... more

Invasive Plant Control at Lagoon Park

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … The Alabama Invasive Plant Council, working with... more

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings - 2017 Series

The Commercial Horticulture Extension Webinars aime at providing quick updates to producers and …... more

Getting A Grip On Wild Pigs

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … There are two groups of landowners in... more

Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) Identification and Control

Tropical soda apple (TSA) was nearly eradicated across the state during a recent federally funded eradication program... more

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 Alabama 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

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.