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HurricaneThe following items are invasive species related resources resulting from Hurricane Katrina (as well as other 2005 hurricanes) that devastated the Southeastern United States in August 2005.

Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005) on populations of non-indigenous Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in southern Mississippi
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina impacted coastal Mississippi with strong winds and an estimated 9-meter (30-foot) storm surge. Hurricane Rita followed less than a month later, and although its impact on coastal Mississippi was much less than that of Katrina, it reflooded much of the coastal ecosystem. Although these storms likely served to disperse Nile tilapia in southern Mississippi, the extent of the spread was unknown.

Nature May Take Decades to Recover from Katrina (Dec 22, 2007)
New Orleans News.
Lake Katrina, as park managers call it, is a vast body of water formed when the storm gouged out a 200-acre swath of swampland, scattering clumps of vegetation for miles. The shrubs and grasses that once grew there have not returned. Their former habitat has been overtaken by the water hyacinth, a fast-growing, non-native plant with attractive purple blooms and a deadly nature.

Mulch Rumors Untrue (Mar 3, 2006)
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Protect Against Formosan Termites During Reconstruction (Jan 13, 2006)
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources (PDF | 122 KB) (Updated Feb 22, 2006)
Homeland Security Digital Library.
Congressional Research Service Report, RL33117.

Now Is The Time to Protect Homes From Formosan Termites (Oct 14, 2005)
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Experts Warn Against Spreading Termites After Storms (Oct 12, 2005)
Louisiana State University. AgCenter.

New Evacuees On Your Property May Be Stinging Pests (Oct 10, 2005)
Texas A&M University. AgNews.

Agencies Collaborate to Fight Wildlife Disease, Respond to Katrina Ecological Impacts, Measure Economic Impacts of Invasive Species: New Agreement to Strengthen Federal and State Science and Research Efforts (Oct 4, 2005)
DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Hurricane Aftermath: Infectious Disease Threats From Common, Not Exotic, Diseases (Sep 13, 2005)
American Society for Microbiology.

Katrina Weakened, But Didn't Wipe Out, Invasive Rodents (Sep 9, 2005)
National Geographic Society.

Risk of West Nile virus grows in Katrina's wake (Sep 3, 2005)

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Prompt Forest Recovery is Critical to Restoring Communities and Way of Life After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (PDF | 319 KB)
Society of American Foresters.

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