An invasive specie is an organism that does not naturally occur in a specific area and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health.

When invasive species establish, native species are often lost and the biodiversity of the area decreases.

Invasive species typically have similar characteristics that enable them to invade a landscape, such as:
What They Are and What They Do
Invasive Species
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• Abundant seed/quick reproduction
• Easily dispersed
• Ability to survive in a wide range of conditions
• Rapid growth/short life cycle
• Ability to produce compounds toxic to other plants (i.e. allelopathic chemicals)
By being able to recognize invasive species you can help protect our natural resources. Check out the links below to learn more about some of the invasive species that pose a threat to Otsego County. The links at the right will provide you with more information about invasive species in Michigan.
Garlic Mustard
(Alliaria petiolata)
(Phragmites australis)
Eurasian Watermilfoil
(Myriophyllum spicatum)
Bladder Campion
(Silene vulgaris)
Spotted Knapweed
(Centaurea stoebe)
Asian Longhorned Beetle
(Anoplophora glabripennis)
Emerald Ash Borer
(Agrilus planipennis)
The Spread of Invasive Species!