The goals of the ISWG are to:
- Facilitate communication and the exchange of information among members of The Wildlife Society interested in invasive species management.
- Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of wildlife professionals in the area of invasive species management.
- Increase public awareness and understanding of invasive species management issues and decision-making processes.
Not everyone has a working definition for some of the term invasive species researchers use in their everyday work. Here are just a few to help get everyone up to speed.
with regard to a particular ecosystem, a non-native organism whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human well-being.
species designated by a state or other political entity as being so detrimental to environmental or economic interests that landowners must take action to control them.
evolved naturally in a particular area. That area may be as small as a watershed or as large as a continent.
a species that spread from its native range to an area where it did not naturally occur. Frequently human actions were responsible for the spread to new areas.
a domesticated species which escaped captivity and reverted back to its wild condition.