As per Executive
Order 13112 an "invasive species" is
defined as a species that is:
1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause
economic or environmental harm or harm to human
Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other
organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the
primary means of invasive species introductions. For
more information, see our Vectors
and Pathways section.
Invasive Species Definition Clarification and Guidance White Paper (PDF | 104 KB)
Submitted by the Definitions Subcommittee of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Approved by ISAC Apr 27, 2006. Published in Invasive
Plant Science and Management 1(4):414-421. 2008.
On Invasivespeciesinfo.gov you can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles (animals, aquatic species, microbes, and plants) and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues.