Invasive species have two main characteristics: they are non-native to an ecosystem and their introduction causes or is likely to cause harm to the economy, environment or human health.

    Invasive species produce a measurable impact and if left unchecked, can threaten native species, biodiversity, ecosystem services, water resources, agricultural and forest production, economies and property values.

    Species that are invasive succeed because of their ability to grow in favorable environments and lack of natural predators, competitors and diseases that normally regulate their populations.

    Example invasive species by Texas region:

     + Removing invasives
    Removing invasive species is part of good land management. Most invasive species require more steps than simply removing the tree or plant. Find information for species in your area at or in the Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.
     + How invasives spread
    Invasive species have been introduced into an ecosystem, often due to human activity. This can include plants introduced as ornamentals, experimental introductions that escaped containment and species accidentally introduced in imported shipping materials.

    To prevent the spread of invasive species, it is important to buy and use firewood from local sources. Many forest pests and pathogens have been spread by traveling with firewood. Learn which potential commuters may be traveling with you at
     + Contact
    Texas A&M Forest Service

    Texas A&M Forest Service
    personnel are a quick and easy way for you for you to find someone who can help you or direct you to some who can.

    ISA Texas Certified Arborists

    The International Society of Arboriculture provides a Find an Arborist tool that can help you locate an arborist in your area.

    Professional Land Management Service Providers

    For help managing your land, contact a Professional Land Management Service Provider.