Invaders in the Commonwealth: Pennsylvania Invasive Species
The Pennsylvania Invasive Species Management Plan is a framework for response
that will aid in minimizing the harmful ecological, economic, and human health impacts
of nonnative invasive species through the prevention and management of their introduction,
expansion, and dispersal into, within, and from Pennsylvania. This framework represents
the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council’s ongoing efforts to outline responsibilities,
standardized actions, and communication for managing current invasive species infestations
and for responding when a new invasive species is identified within the Commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council recommends that the Commonwealth work
with all relevant stakeholders to accomplish the following goals:
Preliminary Risk Assessments:
Utilize preliminary risk assessments to prioritize nonnative invasive species
management and expedite response at the first indication of a new or likely introduction.
Identify, evaluate, and address pathways used by nonnative invasive species
in order to minimize their introduction and spread into and throughout the Commonwealth.
Early Detection and Rapid Response:
Detect new introductions of nonnative invasive species and control or contain
target species before they can become permanently established in the Commonwealth
or move into areas in which they previously did not exist.
Prioritize nonnative invasive species on which to focus control and antidispersal
efforts, and, when feasible, control established invasive species that have significant
impacts in Pennsylvania.
Integrate restoration efforts whenever feasible into control and management
activities as well as other activities which may disturb ecosystems and facilitate
colonization by nonnative invasive species.
Survey and Monitoring:
Expand survey and monitoring efforts of nonnative invasive species in Pennsylvania.
Develop a statewide invasive species database clearinghouse or information sharing
system linking data from various state, federal, and non- governmental entities.
Support research efforts on nonnative invasive species issues and impacts in
Pennsylvania and work with partners to facilitate the dissemination of data and
information generated from these efforts.
Identify key personnel needed to coordinate nonnative invasive species issues
among local, state, and federal agencies and organizations.
Education and Outreach:
Educate the general public and key target audiences about nonnative invasive
species issues so that they do not facilitate the introduction and spread of invasive
species through their activities.
Communication and Coordination:
Facilitate communication and coordination across jurisdictional boundaries to
ensure that state policy effectively promotes the prevention, early detection, and
control of invasive species in Pennsylvania.
Work with the Governor’s office, legislature, partners, industry, and federal
entities to identify permanent funding sources for nonnative invasive species programs
in the Commonwealth.