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Identifying high-impact invasive plants likely to shift into Northern New England with climate change

Identifying high-impact invasive plants likely to shift into Northern New England with climate change

Invasive plants are expanding their ranges due to climate change, creating new challenges for invasive species management. Early detection and rapid response could address some nascent invasions, but limited resources make it impossible to monitor for every range shifting species. Here, we aimed to create a more focused watch list by evaluating the impacts of 87 plant species projected to shift into Northern New England (the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and/or Vermont). We used the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT) protocol to evaluate all ecological impacts reported in the scientific literature, scoring ecological impacts from 1 (minimal concern) to 4 (major) depending on the level of reported impact.

Coville et al (2020) Identifying high-impact invasive plants likely to shift into Northern New England with climate change. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 1-21

doi:10.1017/inp.2021.10