Invasive Species Symposium held at UMass Amherst

Hampshire County

Stopping non-native plant species that can harm wildlife we value.

An invasive species can be any living organism that is not native to a specific location, that can harm to the environment.

Invasive species can pose a risk to plants of cultural significance, and environmental pollution may be to blame. 

Dozens of scientists and conservation managers gathered at UMASS, Amherst to discuss how to deal with them. 

Casey Thornbrugh, a UMASS tribal climate science liason for Cape Cod’s wampanoag tribe told 22News invasive species threaten cultural traditions, “Tribes have plants of cultural significance; medicinal, food, crafts and invasive species sometimes pose a risk to plants of cultural significance.”

Panelists addressed the impact that invasive species have on the environment, and developing regulations to manage or combat them. You can do your part to curb the spread of invasive species.

One way; never releasing gold fish, into a pond or stream. That can be a main cause of introducing invasive species.

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