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MN Noxious Weed, Photo: Wild Parsnip ( Pastinaca sativa L.)

Invasive species (including plants, animals, insects, and pathogens) pose a significant risk to the integrity of plant communities that conservation professionals work to protect and restore by displacing native species and changing plant community structure and function. Invasive species factor into BWSR programs, policies and practices as part of program guidance, site selection considerations, restoration practices and long-term management of projects. Invasive plants can have a significant impact on BWSR programs and individual projects, so many of BWSR’s landscape management efforts are focused on these species.

The BWSR Invasive Species Plan describes our approach to invasive species management, including our work to date, interagency coordination, grant programs, action steps, and guidance for staff and contractors to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Recent Invasive Species Report: Keep an eye out for Red bartsia and report on EDD MapS.

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Invasive plants. Left photo Grecian Foxglove, Right photo Phragmites
MN Noxious Weeds, Left Photo: Grecian Foxglove ( Digitalis lanata) Right Photo: Non-Native Phragmites (Phragmites australis)






Dan Shaw
Senior Ecologist/Vegetation Specialist