Invasive species are infiltrators that invade and cause harm to ecosystems. Their invasion can threaten native ecosystems, or commercial, agricultural, or recreational activities dependent on these ecosystems. They may even harm the health of humans. Human actions, both unintentional and intentional, are the primary means of invasive species introductions and spread to new locations. Learn more about invasive species.
The Service works with federal and state agencies and private groups to implement national, regional, and local-level invasive species management activities and share information and new techniques for fighting invasive species. Prevention, early detection, rapid response, and control and management are key components of the National Invasive Species Management Plan and interagency/interdepartmental programs. Communications, education, and research are integral to those key components. Read about the Aquatic Species Nuisance Program (pdf-189KB).
The West Virginia Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works extensively with invasive species. Learn about their efforts.