The NBI is pleased to
release a new brochure, Landscaping
with Native Plants on Nantucket. The
brochure was designed by the Invasive
Plant Species Committee, a standing
committee of the NBI, in order to provide
the community with a comprehensive list
of native species that can be used successfully
in a landscaping or habitat restoration
Why choose natives?
Selecting natives will save water, save
time, reduce pesticide and fertilizer
use, enhance wildlife habitat, and protect
Nantucket's distinctive landscape and
The ISPC has worked hard to create recommendations for invasive species removal protocols to assist homeowners and conservation groups in managing invasive species on their properties. Please contact us with comments or questions.
Nantucket Invasive Plant Species Committee (IPSC), a standing
committee of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative, is an
on-island collaboration of people and organizations interested
in and actively pursuing non-native invasive plant species
identification, management, research, education, and eradication.
Please see our current brochure
for more information.
in particpating in the Nantucket IPSC? Interested in reporting
an invasive plant? Interested in volunteering to help on our
invasive plant removal projects?
These are non-native plants that establish themselves within the local ecosystem. These plants can outcompete native species for space and resources without the natural control measures that may exist in their native ecosystems. These invasions can cause aesthetic, biological, chemical and economic damage to natural areas and in your own backyard.
Invasives on Nantucket
Nantucket boasts some of the most rare and fragile habitats in the U.S. These habitats are at risk of invasion, which may lead to the loss of rare and endangered species. By preventing the establishment of exotic invasive species, we can help preserve Nantucket's unique natural characteristics.
Non-native invasives are commonly introducted to gardens as landscape plants or as hitchhikers in soil, compost and seed packets. Be a responsible gardener, look for native landscape plants and know the contents of your imported soil and seeds.