Invasive Species

Invasive Species in Vermont 

Invasive species are defined as organisms (plant, animal, insect, fungus or bacteria) that are not native and have negative effects on our economy, our environment, or our health.  Invasive species already exact a high toll on Vermont's economy as well as the equilibrium of our environment, and ANR strives to limit the spread of invasive species currently within our borders and to prevent the introduction of new ones.

The second greatest threat to biodiversity, in Vermont and across the world, is the proliferation of invasive species.

Terrestrial Invasives and Forest Pests:

The Vermont Invasives Website is a very useful site for identifying terrestrial species.  It includes an Invasive Plants Image Gallery  which will help you identify invasive species in your community.   Photo of an Asian Long-horned Beetle

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) has extensive information on  Invasive Plants in Vermont and Forest Pests and Other Causes of Damage, Each summer (April - September) FPR publishes Monthly Forest Insect and Disease Observations. 

FPR also has information on Firewood and Invasive Pests, as does the Vermont Invasives web site on their Buy it Where You Burn It page.  Visitors to Vermont State ParksVermont State Forests, and the Green Mountain National Forest may only bring firewood originating from Vermont or that is kiln dried and in its original, labeled package.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets maintains the Vermont Noxious Weeds Quarantine list (PDF).

You can Report A Sighting of an infestation via iMapInvasives which help citizens scientists and natural resources professionals track and combat invasives.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS):

The Department of Environmental Conservation has an Aquatic Invasive Species page where you can learn about these species and find out how to Become a VIP (Vermont Invasives Patroller).  The Lake Champlain Basin Program has an AIS page which also has excellent information on this topic.

You can also visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife site to learn about invasive species.