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Threats from Invasive Species

Invasive species threaten Vermont’s biodiversity by preying on or out competing native plants and animals.

Aquatic Invasives

  • Includes plants such as such as purple loosestrife, water chestnut, or Eurasian milfoil, and animals like zebra mussels, spiny water flea and white perch.
  • Can devastate river and lake habitats, spoil fishing opportunities and cause native species to decline.
  • Are usually spread by clinging to boats or trailers as they travel between waterbodies, or when people do not follow baitfish regulations.

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Terrestrial Invasives

  • Includes plants like garlic mustard, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed that can poison soils, cause streambank erosion, and crowd out native plants.
  • Also includes forest pest insects like the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock wooly adelgid.

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