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Preventing The Spread of Invasive Species

Saturday, August 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Invasive species can be one of the biggest detriments to local plants and wildlife. 42 percent of already endangered species are at risk due to invasive species. Species that are labeled invasive are usually not native to an area, cause harm, and can reproduce and spread quickly. They can be any type of an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism’s seeds or eggs. Humans play an integral part in preventing the spread of invasive species. Since The Connecticut Environmental Council advocates for the fight against of invasive species, here are some tips on preventing the spread of invasive species.

If you purchase plants, make sure they are local. Plants bought locally have less of a chance of carrying invasive pests. Even some ornamental plants have a tendency to spread if their seedlings spread when the plants are kept outside. Lessen this chance by keeping exotic plants inside. Exotic pets can also play a role in the spread of invasive species. People often purchase exotic pets, learn they cannot take care of them then release them into the wild. This has caused a significant problem in Florida with Burmese Pythons. 

Firewood is prohibited from crossing state lines in many states. Firewood can carry invasive species that can easily be transported from one area to another. Firewood was a larger part of the Emerald Ash Borer spread. If you enjoy other outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing, be sure to clean your boots and waders to prevent non native organisms from being transported out of an area. 
Cities and towns often sponsor invasive species clean up at state parks where volunteers assist with removing invasive plants. Signing up for an event like this can assist in decreasing the population of invasive species as well as give you an opportunity to learn more about future prevention methods. 





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