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LIEP Invasive Species Program

Vermont landscape

LIEP into action for invasive species control. Learn what you can do to manage and protect your land and Vermont from these harmful species.

Not all species of plants and animals in Vermont are native. Many non-natives, such as honey bees and apple trees, have become part of the Vermont landscape without causing harm.

However, invasive species are non-natives whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic and environmental harm. Invasive species threaten Vermont’s biodiversity and Vermonters’ livelihoods by disrupting important natural processes such as forest regeneration and the food web, degrading habitat, and preying upon and outcompeting native plants and animals.

However, you can LIEP into action! The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s LIEP program focuses on Location, Identification, Evaluation and treatment, and Prevention to help landowners manage invasive species. Other opportunities exist for volunteering to help manage these species on state land.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Aquatic Invasive Plants

Include Eurasian watermilfoil, frogbit, purple loosestrife, starry stonewort, and water chestnut

Aquatic Invasive Animals

Include alewife, Asian clams, spiny waterflea, and zebra mussels

Aquatic Invasive Species Resources

Learn more about these invasive species, spread prevention, and volunteer opportunities    

Terrestrial Invasive Plants

Terrestrial Invasive Plants

Include buckthorn, barberry, knotweed, purple loosestrife, and honeysuckle

Terrestrial Invasive Plant Resources

Learn more about these invasive species, land management, and volunteer opportunities.