Exotic invasive plants, animals, and microbes can decimate the biological diversity of ecological systems and cause billions of dollars per year of economic harm and harm to human health. But invasive species proliferate for different reasons, and understanding these differences is critically important for success in managing invasive species and promoting richly biodiverse ecosystems.
Experts in invasive plant species theory and practice will discuss three categories of invasive plant species: “drivers,” “passengers,” and “back-seat drivers,” each of which has different implications for successfully restoring biodiversity. The goal of this event is to familiarize current and future landowners with best practices for managing different types of invasive plant species to enhance success at restoring flourishing communities of diverse species to the landscape. There will be ample time for audience Q&A.