Web Sites on Invasive Species
The Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group (www.nps.gov/plants/alien/) presents “Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas.” This web-based project 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. This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., background information on the problem of invasive species, illustrated fact sheets that include plant descriptions, native range, distribution and habitat in the U.S., management options, suggested alternative native plants, and other information, and selected links to relevant people and organizations. Be sure to see their list of alien species fact sheets.
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia (http://www.bugwood.org/about.html). The mission of the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health is to serve a lead role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management through technology development, program implementation, training, applied research and public awareness at the state, regional, national and international levels.
Invasivespecies.gov (www.invasivespecies.gov) is the gateway to U.S. Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site you can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government’s response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. Invasivespecies.gov is also the website for the National Invasive Species Council, which coordinates Federal responses to the problem.
The Invasive Species Specialist Group-ISSG (www.issg.org) is a global group of 146 scientific and policy experts on invasive species from 41 countries. ISSG provides advice on threats from invasives and control or eradication methods to IUCN members, conservation practitioners, and policy-makers. The group’s activities focus primarily on invasive species that cause biodiversity loss, with particular attention to those that threaten oceanic islands.
Global Invasive Species Programme (jasper.stanford.edu/gisp/home.htm) states that its mission is “To conserve biodiversity and sustain human livelihoods by minimizing the spread and impact of invasive alien species.”