Why Are Invasive Species a Problem?
Millions of acres of once healthy, productive rangelands, forestlands and riparian areas have been overrun by noxious or invasive weeds. They are invading recreation areas, BLM-managed public lands, National Parks, State Parks, roadsides, streambanks, Federal, state, and private lands.
• destroy wildlife habitat
• reduce opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping and other recreational activities
• displace many Threatened and Endangered Species
• reduce plant and animal diversity because weed monocultures (areas dominated by a single plant species) over run all other plant species in an area
• disrupt waterfowl and neo-tropical migratory bird flight patterns and nesting habitats
• cost millions of dollars in treatment and loss of productivity to private land owners
Invasive weeds can also deter waterfowl, as explained in the brochure: When Weeds Move In, Waterfowl Move Out