Oregon State Implementation Committee

Invasive Species

Invasive Species SFI participants are required to manage so as to protect forests from invasive exotic plants and animals and participate in programs to limit the introduction, impact and spread of invasive exotic plants and animals that directly threaten or are likely to threaten native plant and animal communities.

An excellent resource for learning more about invasive species in Oregon is the Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC).  The purpose of the OISC  http://www.oregon.gov/OISC/index.shtml is to conduct a coordinated and comprehensive effort to keep invasive species out of Oregon and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate the impacts of invasive species already established in Oregon.

The Noxious Weed Control Program http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/WEEDS/  at the Oregon Department of Agriculture operates to fulfill part of the Department's mission to protect Oregon's agricultural industry and natural resources by preventing and limiting the spread and impact of invasive exotic plant species (noxious weeds) which displace and compete with native and desirable domestic plant species. These invasive plants affect all Oregonians directly or indirectly through impacts on agricultural and forest economies and on other resources such as fish, wildlife, recreation and overall watershed health.

The National Invasive Species Information Center http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/unitedstates/or.shtml has information at both a national and state specific level.  This site contains excellent descriptions of plant, animal, and other invasive species.

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