Invasive Species Management

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The variety of native species found in Georgia is in part a reflection of the range of landscapes that make up the state. From the mixed forests and woodlands of the north Georgia mountains, to the low rolling hills of Central Georgia, to the swampy lowland, marshes and barrier islands of the coast, the state’s various ecosystems make Georgia the sixth most biologically diverse state in the Union.

Existing along with all these native species, however, are many nonnative species that have been introduced into the state. While many of these species are relatively benign, a few of them cause significant negative impacts. Invasive species are plants and animals that have been introduced, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural ranges and cause economic or environmental harm. These species are capable of having a negative effect on Georgia’s economy, natural environment, and human and animal health.

In response to this challenge, the Georgia Invasive Species Advisory Committee (Committee), coordinated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, developed the Georgia Invasive Species Strategy to describe the nature and extent of the state’s invasive species problem and propose specific management actions to minimize negative impacts.

The Committee identified needs and existing tools for responding to invasive species problems within the state. As part of this process, groups on the committee identified 83 invasive or potentially invasive plant species, 111 animal species and 30 disease-causing organisms. Based on this information, the Committee set goals and objectives and proposed strategies for action.

The goal of this effort is to prevent and control the introduction of invasive species into Georgia and minimize the further spread and impacts of existing invasive species populations on native species, environmental quality, human health, and the economy.

For additional questions about the plan please contact Jon Ambrose at jon.ambrose@dnr.state.ga.us

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