Invasive species pose serious threats to agricultural production, natural resources and urban communities. The annual losses from invasive species and their management across the United States may exceed $140 billion, much of it in the West.
A successful invasive species response process - planning, prevention, detection, identification, mitigation and recovery - requires well-tuned, coordinated cooperation among many organizations and individuals. The role of integrated pest management in this continuum is significant but has not always been well included. IPM researchers, extension specialists and practitioners have important roles from planning through mitigation. And when eradication is not possible, IPM becomes a key to recovery as IPM practices help manage the newly established species with minimal detrimental impacts.
The Western IPM Center Invasive Species Signature Project is designed to improve the integration of IPM in the response continuum. The program brings together interested partners in the West - including federal, regional, state and local entities - to address invasive insects, plants and plant pathogens, and to plan coordinated responses to emerging threats. The project will generalize specific response plans and develop broadly applicable IPM protocols suitable for a wide range of invasive species.