Add Your Nomination To An Invasive Species List

Dec 31, 2018

Invasive phragmites
Credit Wikimedia Commons USFWS

If there's a non-native plant or an animal that you've noticed, there's an opportunity to get it among the species listed as invasive.

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Stephanie Boismenue the DNR's Invasive Species Council is taking recommendations for a species you consider invasive to be assessed whether it should be included in the revised rule for invasive species.

She says they are also reassessing the current list of invasive species..

"This is an opportunity for citizens to give their voice about what they would consider to be an invasive species. Whether it should be a restricted or prohibited invasive species..."

Boismenue offers one example of a beautiful, but non-native, plant that could be on the list...

"For instance, a lot of people don't consider phragmites to be a prohibited species in every county. I believe it should be a prohibited species in every county and it is not. Some counties it is just restricted. Here in Oneida county it is just prohibited. You can't have it on your property at all. That's just one example of what the current rule is going to be looking at...."

She says it doesn't matter if it's aquatic, terrestrial or wetland, or plant, animal or organism.

The invasive species rule creates a comprehensive, science-based system with criteria to classify invasive species into two categories: "prohibited" and "restricted." With certain exceptions, the transport, possession, transfer and introduction of prohibited species is banned. Restricted species are also subject to a ban on transport, transfer and introduction, but possession is allowed, with the exception of fish and crayfish.

We have a link here to the DNR list that is under consideration.