Combating Invasive Species
Invasive species are non-native (or alien) species to a local ecosystem whose introduction causes economic loss, environmental damage or harm to human health. Invasive species grow and reproduce rapidly and establish over large areas, largely because they lack natural predators, competition and exposure to disease-causing agents from their home range.
As invasive species spread and take over ecosystems, they decrease biodiversity and threaten the survival of native plants and animals. In fact, invasive species are a significant threat to almost half of the native U.S. species currently listed as endangered.
The Wildflower Center takes a multifaceted approach to addressing invasive species, combining public outreach, research, monitoring, control and restoration. Its most impressive and extensive outreach yet takes the form of TexasInvasives.org.
Created in partnership with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and many others, texasinvasives.org is a hub that allows government agencies, non-profits, academia and conservation organizations to share best practices and disseminate information directly to the public in one location.