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Invasive Species: Unwelcome and Costly

It’s called “Biological Invasion Costs”—the price tag on dealing with invasive species—and simply put, it’s a lot of money. The National Invasive Species Information Center of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shares some gargantuan global figures.

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  1. Worldwide, since 1960, managing biological invasions has cost about $95.3 billion.

  2. During the same period, the damage cost of the invasions was more than $1.13 trillion.

  3. Like most everything else, invasion-associated management and damage costs are rapidly rising.

  4. Proactive, pre-invasion management spending is 25 times lower than post-invasion management costs.

  5. Countries all over the planet are declaring a National Invasive Species Awareness Week. In the US, it was February 28-March 4.

  6. There are more than 6,500 invasive species established across the United States.


Sources: USDA National Invasive Species Information Center,

U.S. Department of the InteriorIndian Affairs 2022 National Invasive Species Awareness Week


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