Invasive Plant Awareness

The term "Noxious Weed" refers to any non-native, invasive plant. The presence of these plants, whether indirect or direct, is detrimental to the local environment, agricultural crops and/or other desirable plants, livestock, or public and/or private property. Additionally, these plants may pose potential threats to the public health (Giant Hogweed). Caution must be taken with these plants, because while they may appear aesthetically pleasing, they can pose serious environmental threats. 

What is an Invasive Plant Species

An "invasive species" is defined as a species that is:
  • A non-native species to the ecosystem under consideration; and,
  • Whose introduction either causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health. See Executive Order 13112 for more information. 

How Do Invasive Plants Impact Us?

Invasive Species can effect negatively effect ecosystems in a multitude of ways. Effects can include:

  • Displacing native species
  • Reducing native wildlife habitat
  • Degrading recreational areas
  • Reducing forest health and productivity
  • Altering ecosystem processes

What Can You Do To Help?

  • Learn to identify! Learning to identify invasive plants is the first step in protecting our native areas. Learn more about invasive species in Vermont.

  • Routinely clean you boots, gear, boat, tires, and any other equipment exposed to the outdoors to remove insect and plant parts that may go on to spread invasives to new areas. 
  • Plant native plants and remove any exotic ornamental plants in the garden. There are many good native alternatives to exotics available to choose from. 
  • When camping, buy firewood that is within 30 miles of your campground instead of bringing your own from home or out of state. Invertebrates and plants can readily be transported on firewood hauled to and from a campsite. This can cause an invasive to be inadvertently brought to a new area.