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Invasive Species Information

Regional New England

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England's (IPANE) mission is to create a comprehensive web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England that will be continually updated by a network of professionals and trained volunteers. The database will facilitate education and research that will lead to a greater understanding of invasive plant ecology and support informed conservation management. An important focus of the project is the early detection of, and rapid response to, new invasions.

RI Natural History Survey
The Rhode Island Invasive Species Portal is a comprehensive internet resource designed to provide a resource for scientists, naturalists, and all individuals interested in better understanding invasive species in Rhode Island.

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group
The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) is a consortium of individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned with invasive species issues.

"The mission of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group is to gather and convey information on the presence, distribution, ecological impacts, and management of invasive species; to promote uses of native or non-invasive ornamental alternatives throughout Connecticut; and to work cooperatively with researchers, conservation organizations, government agencies, green industries, and the general public to identify and manage invasive species pro-actively and effectively."

Regional Outside New England

Invasive Plant Council of New York State
The purpose of the Invasive Plant Council of New York State is to provide an information clearinghouse for invasive plant identification, research and management. We serve needs of the general public; local, state, and federal government and concerning invasive plant issues in New York State.

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council
The mission of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in natural areas of the Southeast U.S. by providing a forum for the exchange for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information. The Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council is a non-profit organization and is not a regulatory agency.

The INVADERS Database
A comprehensive database of exotic plant names and weed distribution records for five states in the northeastern United States. The spatial and temporal spread of weeds can be displayed using the historic distribution records in INVADERS. The INVADERS web site contains actual examples of how land management and weed regulatory agencies are using these data to improve their weed management programs. Noxious weed listings are provided for all US states and six southern tier Canadian provinces.

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
The mission of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida's natural areas by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information. The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council is a non-profit organization and is not a regulatory agency.

The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
A multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit directed to develop environmentally sound techniques for the management of aquatic and natural area weed species and to coordinate aquatic plant research activities within the State of Florida. The Center was established in 1978 by the Florida legislature. Directed by Dr. William Haller, the Center utilized expertise from many departments with UF/IFAS and its Agricultural Research and Education Centers throughout Florida.


USDA Forest Service Managing Invasive Species
Invasive species have been identified by the Chief of the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service as one of the four significant threats to our Nation's forest and rangeland ecosystems. In response to this identified threat, a multidisciplinary team of specialists, managers, and researchers has worked together to produce a National Strategy and Implementation Plan for Invasive Species Management.

USDA Forest Service Alien Pest Explorer
This site is maintained as a portal for the exploration of spatial data relating to non-indigenous forest pests. It can be used to generate customized maps that depict historical and future range expansion, historical damage and forest susceptibility. Currently, the Explorer contains data for 19 forest pests in the eastern US. Plans are underway to include data from other pests as well as selected invasive plants.

US Forest Service Invasive Species Program
A portal to Forest Service invasive species information and related management and research activities across the agency and with our many partners. The goal of the USDA Forest Service invasive species program is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the potential for introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of invasive species across all landscapes and ownerships. The Invasives Species Program integrates many divisions of the agency.

US Geological Survey Invasive Species
Links to articles from the July/August 2000 issue of People Land & Water, the employee news magazine of the US Department of the Interior.

US Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the US Department of the Interior, manages 264 million acres of public lands found primarily in the Western United States, and a total of 560 million acres of subsurface mineral estate located throughout the country.

National Park Service Weeds Gone Wild - Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas
A web-based project of the Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group, that provides information for the general public, land managers, researchers, and others on the serious threat and impacts of invasive alien (exotic, non-native) plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems of the United States.

Federal Noxious Weed Program
Website of federal program for preventing the introduction of invasive non-indigenous plants into the United States.

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is a program within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). PPQ safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds to ensure an abundant, high-quality, and varied food supply.

USDA APHIS PPQ Center for Plant Health Science and Technology
The Center for Plant Health Science and Technology supports PPQ regulatory decisions and operations through methods, development work, scientific investigation, analyses and technology.

National Invasive Species Council
The official US government site on invasive species. It provides information on the national response to invasive species. You can find the national management plan, species profiles, and information on management. This site also contains information on grant programs.

National Resources Conservation Service
The National Invasive Speciess Information Center (NISIC) is a gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal State, local, and international sources. The Web site serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the US and its territories.

Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
FICMNEW represents an unprecedented formal partnership between 16 federal agencies with direct invasive plant management and regulatory responsibilities spanning across the United States and territories.


Invasive Species
State Noxious Weed Laws and Invasive Plant Lists
Federal Noxious Weed List
Global Pest and Disease Database
USDA APHIS Regulated Plant Pest List
National Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Target Pests
Eastern Region Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Target Pests
USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis and State Monitoring for Invasive Plants Species Profiles
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council Plant List
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)

The Bugwood Network
Information on the fields of entomology, forestry, forest health and natural resources. This site includes a good deal of information on forest pests, invasive species, and biological control.

Phytosanitary Alert System
The Phytosanitary Alert System (PAS) provides up-to-date information on pest situations of significance to North America. This system is intended to facilitate awareness, detection, prevention and management of exotic species in North America.

National Agricultural Pest Information System: Pest Tracker
This website publishes distribution maps for pests of agricultural and forest commodities and provides links to pest news and information.

The National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) stores and manages pest survey data that is collected by CAPS and other PPQ survey programs. Detection surveys are one tool used to manage the introduction of exotic pests.

The Nature Conservancy
To educate your clients:
For green industry professionals:
The Global Invasive Species Team (GIST) is part of The Nature Conservancy's response to abating the damage caused to native biodiversity by the human-facilitated introduction of non-native, harmful invasive species. This web site provides many resources designed to help all conservationists deal most effectively with invasive species.

The OTA Report on Harmful Nonindigenous Species
Full Report:
In October 1993, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) released "Harmful Non-Indigenous Species in the United States." This report synthesized, for the first time, the status of such species, their impacts, and related policies across geographic, taxonomic, and institutionalized lines.


The Global Invasive Species Database
GISD aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN-World Conservation Union. The GISD was developed as part of the global initiative on invasive species led by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and is supported through partnerships with the National Biological Information Infrastructure, Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, the University of Auckland and private donations.

The Global Invasive Species Database focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.

Renewable Energy Siting Partnership Stakeholder Meeting #4

When: December 1, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Hazard Rooms @ URI Coastal Institute Bldg, Narragansett Bay Campus
Details: The focus of this meeting will be presentations on the acoustic impacts of wind turbines and project economics. Attendees must RSVP to Amber Neville at 401.874.6106 or due to space limitations.

The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome, as the goal is to have a diverse and well-rounded stakeholder process. A light dinner will be provided from 5:30-6pm.

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Holidays in the Park

When: December 10, 2011, 11am - 2pm
Where: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence RI
Details: Admission-free with donation of a nonperishable good to be donated to RI Food Bank

Escape from the cold outdoors and join us in celebrating the holidays! Activities will include demos on do-it- yourself decorations just in time for the holidays, exciting educational crafts for kids, live music, gifts for every gardener, a raffle and more surprises to come.

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Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP) Wind Resource Assessment Lecture

When: January 24, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Where: North Kingstown Free Library
Details: URI researchers will present their current work related to the wind resource assessment component of the Renewable Energy Siting Partnership.

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