What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are a non-native species. They grow rapidly, reproduce quickly and are likely to harm the native habitats or species where they are introduced. This harm may be experienced economically ($1.1 billion to $120 billion per year in economic losses) or environmentally (42% of threatened or endangered species are affected by non-native invasive species). Human health may also be negatively impacted. Common impacts of invasive species include reduced:

  • crop production.
  • fishing.
  • hunting.
  • camping.
  • hiking.
  • boating.

For more information, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Invasive Species Awareness Week.”