The Issue of Invasive Species
Invasive species are animals, plants, and microorganisms that are not native to Oregon and once here can reproduce so vigorously that they replace our native species. They pose a threat to key sectors of Oregon's economy that depend upon natural resources and native ecosystems. Agriculture, forestry, tourism, and water resource infrastructure, including hydropower facilities, are at serious risk of being adversely impacted by invasive species. Unchecked, invasive species individually and collectively have the potential to imperil public health and to transform ecosystems, resulting in widespread economic and environmental devastations.
The Oregon Invasive Species Council's mission is to protect Oregon's natural resources and economy by planning and leading a coordinated and comprehensive campaign to prevent the introduction of invasive species and eradicate, contain or manage existing invasive species in Oregon through the Council's:
- Early detection reporting systems
- Educational outreach to diverse stakeholders, decision makers and general public
- Statewide plan to prevent introduction and spread of invasives
- Grant/load program for educational and eradication projects.