The Issue of Invasive Species

Invasive species are defined by Oregon Statute as ‘nonnative organisms that cause economic or environmental harm and are capable of spreading to new areas of the state.’
— ORS 570.750

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. 

THIS DIAGRAM, DERIVED FROM SEVERAL DEPICTIONS OF THE INVASIVE SPECIES CURVE, WAS CREATED BY THE OREGON INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL TO HELP MANAGERS UNDERSTAND HOW TO ASSESS THE RISK PRESENTED BY DIFFERENT STAGES OF INVASION. ILLUSTRATION BY STUDIO CLEAR.

THIS DIAGRAM, DERIVED FROM SEVERAL DEPICTIONS OF THE INVASIVE SPECIES CURVE, WAS CREATED BY THE OREGON INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL TO HELP MANAGERS UNDERSTAND HOW TO ASSESS THE RISK PRESENTED BY DIFFERENT STAGES OF INVASION. ILLUSTRATION BY STUDIO CLEAR.


Our Mission

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 divers stakeholders, decision makers and general public
  • Statewide plan to prevent introduction and spread of invasives
  • Grant/load program for educational and eradication projects.

Our Statutory Mandate and Administrative Rules

The Oregon Invasive Species Council's duties, membership, coordinator role, etc. are defined by ORS 570.750 - 570.810.

Oregon Invasive Species Control Account OARS 609-010-0100