Saturday, April 19, 2014
Invasive Aquatic Plants Information

Definitions

  • Native plants: Historically existed in a given area.

  • Exotic plants: not indigenous to an area, but were transported or introduced from another region or part of the world.

  • Invasive Plants: are not native to a given area and reproduce so rapidly that they can displace native species and alter natural ecosystems.

    • All exotic plants are not invasive. 

Characteristics of Invasive Plants
  • Establish Easily

  • Produce High Number Offspring

  • Grow and Proliferate Quickly

  • Disperse Over a Wide Area

  • Persist Without Cultivation

  • Advantages over Native Species
Impacts of Invasive Plants
  • Increased competition with native plants

  • Alteration of environmental conditions

  • Reduction in variety and diversity of species

  • Impacts on people

    • aesthetic-invasive plants decrease the quality of life and aesthetic value of a water body.

    • economic-clogged and infested water ways decrease property values, hurt tourism, impact fisheries, and cost communities money for control and management of plants.

    • recreation-invasive plants impede swimming, boating, fishing, and navigation opportunities
  • Less suitable habitat for fish and wildlife

  • Impacts on food chain and effects on ecosystem
Invasive Aquatic Plants Photos and Descriptions

What Invasive Plants Are Currently Posing a Threat in the Oswego River Basin?
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What are some potential Future Invaders ("Watch Weeds")
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