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U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control

November 8, 2021

More than 6,500 nonindigenous species are now established in the United States, posing risks to human and wildlife health, native plants and animals, and our valued ecosystems. The annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species are substantial. Invasive species can drive native species onto the endangered species list, resulting in associated regulatory costs; exacerbate the threat of wildland fire, which destroys property and threatens lives; increase the cost of delivering water and power; damage infrastructure; and degrade recreation opportunities and discourage tourism. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) works with sister agencies in the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and other Federal, State, and territorial agencies, Tribes, and other stakeholders to provide information and tools needed to help solve problems posed by invasive species across the country. Key components of USGS invasive species science include developing novel prevention, forecasting, early detection, decision support, and control tools.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control
DOI 10.3133/cir1485
Authors Cindy Kolar Tam, Wesley M. Daniel, Earl Campbell, James J. English, Suzanna C. Soileau
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1485
Index ID cir1485
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Office of the AD Ecosystems; Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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