Invasive Species

Invasive species are any type of living organism (plant, animal, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, etc.) that is not native to an ecosystem and can cause harm. The can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. Species that can grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are known as “Invasive”.

Species that are not native to Alaska can pose a great threat to our ecosystem and our economy. As part of the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (KP-CWMA), the Watershed Forum is involved in the eradication and control of plant species that threaten salmon bearing streams and salmon habitat. The Kenai Watershed Forum is currently targeting two invasive species on the Kenai Peninsula; Reed Canary Grass and Elodea.

How do invasive species spread?

Invasive species are primarily spread by human activities, often unintentionally. People, and the goods we use, travel around the world very quickly, and they often carry uninvited species with them.

 

Reed Canary Grass easy to identify during the fall.

Reed Canary Grass easy to identify during the fall.

Elodea in Alaska. Courtesy of USFWS

Elodea in Alaska. Courtesy of USFWS

Working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula since 1997.