Invasive species cause more than $100 billion in losses ever year in the United States. At least 40 percent of threatened or endangered species are at risk due to invasive species. The week of February 27 to March 3 has been declared National Invasive Species Awareness Week. People are urged to take needed steps to prevent the movement of invasive species.
In a related note, the 2017 Iowa Invasive Species Conference will be held March 28-29 at the Honey Creek Resort at Rathbun Lake in Moravia, IA. The conference is open to the public and the preliminary agenda and registration information are available
online. The conference is hosted by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.