Invasive Terrestrial Plants in Montpelier

What are invasive plants? 

Invasive plants are not native to the ecosystem and cause harm to the environment, the economy, or to human health. The presence of these plants can be detrimental to the local environment, agricultural crops and/or other desirable plants, livestock, public and/or private property, or human health. While invasive plant species may appear aesthetically pleasing, caution must be taken because they can pose serious threats.

How do invasive plants impact the environment?

Invasive species can negative affect 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?

Contact our ECO AmeriCorps member about volunteer opportunities within Montpelier's Parks!
Email Jacqueline at eco-americorps@montpelier-vt.org
  • Learn to identify! Learning to identify invasive plants is the first step in protecting our native ecosystems. Learn more about invasive species in Vermont.
  • Create an iNaturalist account and log observations of invasive species within your community. 
  • Routinely clean your boots, gear, boats, tires, and any other equipment exposed to both aquatic and terrestrial elements to remove potential insect and/or plants that may go on to spread invasives to new areas. Avoid or limit activity and recreation in regions with invasive species infestations.
  • Plant native plants and remove any exotic ornamental plants in the garden. Never purchase or plant invasive species; there are many good native alternatives to choose from. Be aware of invasive species that have been historically used for wildlife habit projects.
  • Buy firewood that is within 30 miles of your campground when camping 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.