In recent years, there has been a growing awareness that invasive species are having significant and increasing impacts on the U.S. economy, ecosystems, native species, and human health.
Once established, it is very difficult to eradicate invasive species from a landscape. One of the best ways to prevent establishment of new species is to identify and eliminate them before they are widespread. This may be difficult, since a dangerous and common invasive species in Connecticut may currently be rare here in Vermont.
The species listed below are currently problematic in other states in our region. They are either rare or not yet present in Vermont. By learning to identify these species, you can proactively prevent a new ecological, economic, or human health problem associated with these early detection plants from becoming an issue here in Vermont
Use the links below to view images of some of Vermont's early detection plants. If printed or viewed at 11 x 17, the scale of these images will be life sized for each plant. The details you see in these life size images will help you decide whether or not you may have found a new invasive plant population. By quickly informing a local state official, your observation could allow for eradication work to succeed. This is not an exhaustive list, and it will continue to expand, so check back in for occasional updates.
For information on more common invasives, please visit VTInvasives.org