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Provides links to state-specific resources with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

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Not All Exotic Fish Species Are Welcome In Kentucky's Public Waters (Aug 2, 2012)
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
In the 1870s, fishery scientists began to consider stocking exotic fish species into U.S. waters to compensate for the loss of native species. But not all exotic fish species are welcome in Kentucky public waters, as many introductions, intentional or otherwise, have proven to be detrimental to native fish populations. Kentucky Administrative Regulation 301 KAR 1:122 states that "no live fish, live bait fish or live bait organisms that are not native or established in Kentucky waters shall be bought, sold, possessed, imported, or in any way used or released into waters of this Commonwealth." Also in that regulation is a list of exotic fish species that may not be imported, sold or possessed in captivity in Kentucky. This includes the piranha, Mexican banded tetra, sea lamprey, walking catfish or snakehead.

White-nose Syndrome Spreads in Kentucky (PDF | 219 KB) (Feb 7, 2012)
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has detected white-nose syndrome in bats at three Breckinridge County caves. Three common species - the Northern long-eared, tri-colored and little brown bat - have tested positive for white-nosed syndrome, a disease of hibernating bats caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans. Although white-nose syndrome is not a threat to humans, pets or livestock, officials are still working to educate anyone who may enter a cave on the proper decontamination protocol. Decontamination helps to prevent human movement of the disease throughout the landscape. See information for cavers to for ways that people can help reduce the risk of accidental spread of the disease.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed at Two Locations in Kentucky (May 26, 2009)
University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture.
Officials with the Office of the State Entomologist in the University of Kentucky Entomology Department on May 22, 2009 announced two confirmed occurrences in Kentucky of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest of ash trees. These are the first findings of this destructive insect in the state. See Kentucky's Emerald Ash Borer page for more information.

State Specific Threats:

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database - Species Lists By State
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides fact sheets, maps and collection information for aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates occurring outside of their native range.

State Noxious Weed List - Kentucky
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center. PLANTS Database.
Designated legally noxious plants.

Status of Invasive Plants - Kentucky / Details by State and Details by County
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System.

Pest Tracker - Kentucky
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

States Restricting Firewood Movement and/or Advocating Leaving Firewood at Home: Who is Affected?
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

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Public Pest and Recycling Assistance
Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Pest and Weed.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Management

Nuisance Species Plans
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Species of Concern; Laws and Regulations; Management

Asian Carp Information
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Species of Concern; Management

Wild Pigs in Kentucky
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Species of Concern; Laws and Regulations; Management

Forest Health Program - Insects, Disease and Invasives
Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. Division of Forestry.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Monitoring

Pocket Field Guide to Kentucky's Common Weeds (PDF | 1.59 MB)
Louisville Water Company (Kentucky).
Species of Concern

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Kentucky IPM
University of Kentucky. Entomology.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications; Management

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Kentucky's Least Wanted Plant
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Kentucky).
Species of Concern

Invasive Species
Boone County Arboretum (Kentucky).
Species of Concern; Management

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Special Note: Invasive Exotic Plant List

Invasive Exotic Species - KET Electronic Field Trips
Kentucky Educational Television.
Species of Concern; Special Note: Photographs

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants of the Forest: Northern Kentucky Region (PDF | 9.29 MB)
Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council.
Species of Concern; Management

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