Priorities for Restoring U.S. Islands Through Invasive Species Management

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Priorities for Restoring U.S. Islands Through Invasive Species Management

Islands host a disproportionate share of the world’s biodiversity relative to their total area. Islands are also particularly vulnerable to loss of that biodiversity from anthropogenic threats, in particular, invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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. The introduction of invasive species usually results in direct and indirect harm to island species by predation, competition, or alteration of habitat.

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