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Case studies and descriptions of successful invasive species management projects. To submit your own success stories pertaining to invasive species, please contact us.

Council or Task Force

Accomplishments Resulting from the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Success Stories (Sep 2004; DOC | 166 KB)
National Invasive Species Council.

Washington Invasive Species Council - Success Stories
Washington Invasive Species Council.

Caulerpa Taxifolia Eradication – Officials Proclaim Victory Over "Killer Algae" But Remain Vigilant to New Sightings (Jul 12, 2006; PDF | 52 KB)
California Invasive Plant Council.

William Jacintho Wins Award (Maui Association of Landscape Professionals Lawn and Garden Fair) for Keeping Invasive Species Out of Maui (2006)
Maui Invasive Species Committee (Hawaii).
Jacintho was honored for the actions he and his family take to keep invasive species out of their nursery and cattle operations and for his efforts to educate students at Maui Community College about pest species.


Conservation Stories
Archive from the Nature Conservancy, Global Invasive Species Team.

Healing Our Waters Coalition - Success Stories
Great Lakes Coalition.

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Federal Government

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - Accomplishments
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program offers technical and financial assistance to private landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitats on their lands. The program emphasizes the reestablishment of native vegetation and ecological communities for the benefit of fish and wildlife while meeting the needs and desires of private landowners.  Read about their recent and cumulative successes.

Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT)
DOI. National Park Service.

Operation Full Stop 2002: Reduction in Termite Numbers Signals Success (Jul 7, 2002)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Karnal Bunt of Wheat - Systematics Success Stories
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
In 1997 the $6 billion U.S. wheat export market was saved from a threatened Karnal Bunt epidemic by a a careful systematic study at the ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory.

Fruitful Returns From Fruit Fly Management Project (Feb 2008)
USDA. ARS. Agricultural Research Magazine.
A regional effort launched in 2000 to develop effective biocontrol methods for a quartet of exotic insect pests that have attacked fruits and vegetables all across the Hawaiian Islands (U.S.) has paid off handsomely with an economic return of more than 30 percent, according to information released recently by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

USDA Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary of Fever Tick Eradication Program (Jul 11, 2006)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

TEAM Leafy Spurge: A Success Story in Progress
USDA. Agricultural Research Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

European Grapevine Moth Cooperative Eradication Program: A Model for Fighting Future Invasive Species Threats (Nov 2016)
USDA. Blog.

Screwworm Eradication Program Records
USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Invasive Species Success Stories
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Published by: USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

My Stories
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Compiled by: University of Arizona, Office of Arid Lands Studies.
My Stories is a collection of personal stories based on interviews of public and private land managers. These stories are intended to provide general information about invasive species, their control and management, and their impacts on our environment.

Forest Health Protection Success Stories
USDA. FS. Forest Health Protection.

Wisconsin Success Stories
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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State Government

Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradicated from California (Aug 14, 2008)
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Stinging Ants Appear Eradicated on Maui (Oct 21, 2010)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
Rapid response and the development of innovative pest control methods coordinated by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture has resulted in eradication of an infestation of a highly invasive pest, called Little Fire Ants (LFA), on Maui. LFA, which delivers painful stings, were reported by a Maui farmer in Oct 2009 and were found to infest about a half acre of the farm in Waihee.

Salvinia Molesta - Eradication in Lake Wilson 2003 (Central O'ahu - Hawai'i)
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Chesapeake Bay - Water Chestnut Eradication Report 1999-2017
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan Department of Agriculture Lifts Plum Pox Virus Quarantine (Sep 14, 2009)
Michigan Department of Agriculture.
As a result of an intensive three- year survey, with negative results, Michigan's Pesticide & Plant Pest Management Division was able to rescind the plum pox virus quarantine to again allow the movement of Michigan stone fruit breeding material to supply orchards in the Eastern U.S. and Canada.

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Citizen Scientist Program's Success Highlighted (Jun 1, 2011)
University of Texas - Austin. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
A program that harnesses volunteers throughout Texas to collect conservation data has been highlighted as a model citizen scientist program in the June issue of the journal Bioscience. More than 1,100 Texans have been trained by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientists Program to identify and report non-native invasive plants throughout the state. These citizen scientists have logged more than 12,000 observations of invasive plants on a publicly accessible online database that governmental agencies and resource managers can use to monitor the plants that compete with native plants.

The Early Detectives: How to Use Volunteers Against Invasive Species, Case Studies of Volunteer Early Detection Programs in the U.S.
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
The University of Richmond, Environmental Studies Program (2003)
Editors: Kyle Hegamyer, Stephen P. Nash, Peter D. Smallwood

Success Stories
University of Florida. IFAS. Integrated Pest Management.
ncludes biological control and other invasives.

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Biocontrol of invasive water hyacinth contributes to socioeconomic and health improvements in Africa (Jul 8, 2007)
American Society of Plant Biologists; EurekAlert!.

Wildlife & Ecosystems: Case Studies
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Includes various invasive species related success stories in multiple states.

TFM (3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol) and Sea Lamprey Control: A Success Story (PDF | 475 KB)
Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Blackwater Refuge Now Nutria-Free: Marsh-Demolishing Rodent Fended Off Earlier Efforts (Nov 17, 2004)
Washington Post.

50-Year War against Witchweed May Be Nearing its Final Skirmish (Dec 7, 2010)
Weed Science Society of America.
Witchweed is an invasive plant that has crippled key segments of the agricultural industry in countries around the globe. But an aggressive eradication program has reduced infested U.S. acres by more than 99 percent.

Invasive Plants Success Stories
Weed Science Society of America.
These success stories are from the Invasive Weed Awareness Coalition (IWAC) and the National Invasive Weed Awareness Week (NIWAW).

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