An ounce of prevention policy is worth........
a pound of invasive species management

​You've probably heard about high-profile invasive species on the news. Emerald ash-borers are decimating urban forests, boa constrictors and pythons are literally eating the wildlife out of the Everglades and garlic mustard has taken over our parks. These and other species make the news because they are now such a problem that they cause millions of dollars of damage. But we rarely hear about how we can prevent these species from coming into the U.S. and becoming abundant enough to cause problems. How did these species get here and what is next? 

Protecting our natural areas and wildlife from invasive species starts with good policy that supports inspections and quarantines, halts imports of wildlife and plants that carry disease, restricts importation of invasive plants and incentivizes business and industry to ensure imported goods are clean.

The Center for Invasive Species Prevention strives to advance policy and non-governmental approaches to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. We work through engaging stakeholders, educating the public and decision-makers and advocating for effective measures to government officials. We are focusing in the following areas: 

  • ​Cleaning up the pathways that spread tree-killing insects and diseases to prevent the next emerald ash borer.
  • Working with government, experts and importers to limit the introduction of invasive animals and species that may introduce harmful diseases, such as the the deadly new salmander disease Bsal.
  • Provide information resources to national park superintendents to help them prevent the spread of invasive species into national parks.
  • Advocate with the US Department of Agriculture to prohibit the importation of plants that may become invasive under its "Not Authorized for Importation Pending Risk Assessment Program" (NAPPRA).
  • Advocate for adequate resources and funding for these and other invasive species programs.

The Center for Invasive Species Prevention is a member of the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS)