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Invasive species overarching priorities to 2029

Britton, Kerry O.; Buford, Marilyn; Burnett, Kelly; Dix, Mary Ellen; Frankel, Susan J.; Keena, Melody; Kim, Mee-Sook; Klopfenstein, Ned B.; Ostry, Michael E.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull. 2010. Invasive species overarching priorities to 2029. In: Dix, Mary Ellen; Britton, Kerry, editors. A dynamic invasive species research vision: Opportunities and priorities 2009-29. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-79/83. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development. p. 3-11.

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to forest, range, aquatic, and urban forest ecosystem health. They contribute to the endangerment of native species and may lead to other severe ecological and financial consequences in our Nation's wildlands and urban forests. Costs the public pays for damage, losses, and control efforts are estimated at more than $138 billion per year. Severe infestations of cheatgrass have contributed to increased fire frequency and intensity in Western States, reducing property values in some areas by up to 80 percent. Asian long-horned beetles threaten more than $500 billion in urban tree losses in America, over time, if left unchecked. Recent regional invasions, such as Sudden Oak Death in California, Emerald Ash Borer in the Midwest, and Sirex noctilio in New York, have the potential to become national threats. Invasive species threaten Pacific Island ecosystems, riparian communities, and wetlands and are the second leading contributor of species endangerment in aquatic ecosystems. Expanding global trade is increasing the rate of invasive species introductions and the costs associated with preventing introductions and quarantining and managing new infestations.

Keywords: invasive species, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service Research and Development Invasive Species Strategic Program Area (SPA)

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Invasive species overarching priorities to 2029
Electronic Publish Date: August 11, 2010
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