Native Species

A native species is one that occurs in a particular environment without human intervention. Species native to North America are generally recognized as those occurring on the continent prior to European settlement. Non-native (alien, exotic) species are introduced by people, from other continents, ecosystems, or habitats to places where they do not occur naturally.

Non-native invasive plant species are alien species likely to cause economic or environmental harm with a serious and measurable ecological impact due to their introduction.

Invasives often thrive quickly dominating new environments as there are no natural controls, e.g., predation, to keep them in check ( Many invasives have one or more of the following characteristics: 1) adaptation to disturbance; 2) broad tolerance for environmental conditions and extremes of light, soil acidity, and moisture; 3) production of large numbers of seeds; 4) high seed germination success; and 5) the ability to spread by ground runners or rhizomes.

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Identify Invasive Plant Species

The Washington Township Environmental Commission has identified a grant and will be applying for funds to be used to raise awareness of invasive plant species in Washington Township. An invasive species is one that is a non-native organizm that is causing harm to the environment, human health or the economy. They are wshown to interrupt the natural functions of an ecosystem by impacting native plants and animals. The NJ Invasive Species Strike Team has created a website to learn more. http://www.njisst.org/NRCSGrant.htm

If you have a smartphone, the power to protect is in your hands!! You can use your phone to help stop the spread of invasive plants. Download the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team APP to help identify and share invasive species that you find.