According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Invasive Species Council, invasive species are defined as being "both non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health." Ohio has several flora and fauna invasive species. While these species can out compete our native species, we can help to minimize their negative impacts!
-When selecting plants for your property, go native! Native plants provide a host of benefits from aesthetics to wildlife. Learn to identify invasive plants so you can remove them and control their growth on your property
-If you are a water recreational enthusiast, stop aquatic hitchhikers by cleaning all of your equipment before putting in at other waters. This prevents the transport of invasive aquatic species.
-Don't move firewood! This can transport invasive species that harm our trees and native ecosystems. Buy firewood where you will be burning it and look for certified heat-treated firewood.
-Get help. There are many professional specialist available to help you combat invasive species:
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