The Invasive Plant Species Committee
The 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.
What are Exotic Invasive Plants?
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.
of Invasive Species on Nantucket
here for access to the Electronic Field Guide to the Invasive
Plants of Nantucket