An invasive species is non native and causes harm to the environment, human health and the economy. The annual environmental, medical, and economic costs of invasive species are greater than all other natural disasters combined. Invasives are the 2nd leading threat to endangered species. Impacts of only a subset of invasive species are estimated to cost the U.S. about $120 billion annually through direct damage, treatment costs, and losses to productivity. Of the $120 billion, an estimated $35 billion is from plants. Invasive species out compete and eliminate native plants taking critical habitat for wildlife and pollinators with them. The good news -- our actions managing our own properties and our choices when buying plants can help take back our ecosystem! Join us on April 18th to learn about invasive species, how to identify and treat them, and great native plant choices for restoring your habitat.
Contact: Claire Lane, Hamilton County SWCD Urban Conservationist