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Ohio

Provides selected Ohio resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • Invasive Species Are Taking Over Ohio Forests

    • Jun 15, 2022
    • University of Cincinnati.

    • A new botanical survey of southwest Ohio found that invasive species introduced to the United States over the past century are crowding out many native plants. Biologists from the University of Cincinnati are retracing two exhaustive surveys conducted 100 years apart to see how the Queen City's plant diversity has changed over the past two centuries. They focused their attention on undeveloped parts of cemeteries, banks of the Mill Creek and public parks that have remained protected from development during the last 200 years. The study, titled "The rise of nonnative plants in wooded natural areas in southwestern Ohio," was published in June in the journal Ecological Restoration.

  • Plant Protection Today - PPQ's Ohio ALB Eradication Staff Continue to Win the Beetle Battle

    • May 31, 2022
    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection Today.

    • Last month PPQ's Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Eradication Program in Ohio celebrated another victory—the ALB quarantine is officially 7.5 square miles smaller! This invasive beetle from Asia is a destructive wood-boring pest that feeds on maple and other hardwoods, eventually killing them. After completing their final round of tree inspection surveys, the ALB staff reported no sign of the beetle in a portion of East Fork State Park in Clermont County, Ohio.

      "Inspecting ALB host trees is painstaking work, and the staff meticulously survey for the pest," said ALB National Policy Manager Kathryn Bronsky. "It’s been three years since the last time we've lifted ALB quarantine restrictions in Ohio, and this is the first removal of the initial area placed under quarantine. That makes this success especially gratifying."

  • Spotted Lanternfly Found in Jefferson County, Ohio

    • Oct 27, 2020
    • Ohio Department of Agriculture.

    • A population of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) has been found in Mingo Junction, Ohio just south of Steubenville, along the Ohio River. The initial report came from a resident who spotted a dead adult SLF on a commercial building on October 19, 2020. When Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Plant Pest Control inspectors arrived, they were able to capture five live adult SLF in trees located nearby. ODA has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Grape Industries Committee to do visual surveys, insect trapping, and outreach in the region.

      The public is the first line of defense against the SLF. If you believe you have seen an SLF in your area, you can easily report a suspected infestation by going to ODA’s Spotted Lanternfly Information Page and filling out a suspected infestation report. You may also call the Plant Pest Control Division at 614-728-6400.

  • Invasive Plants Banned in Ohio

    • Ohio Invasive Plants Council.

    • In September of 2014, the Ohio General Assembly granted the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) the exclusive authority to regulate invasive plants species. Under the law invasive plants are defined as plant species that are not native to Ohio whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health as determined by scientific studies. After nearly two years of stakeholder outreach, new rules have been established and are effective as of January 7, 2018. 

  • Ohio State Ask an Expert

    • Ohio State University.

    • Ask an Expert is an online system for asking questions and receiving expert answers quickly on a broad range of subjects. We are pleased to provide university research-based information to help improve the quality of your life, family, garden, business or community! You may submit a question here to be answered by members of our Ohio State University Extension faculty/staff or our Master Gardener Volunteers.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
Partnership
  • Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative

    • Midwest Invasive Plant Network; Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

    • The Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative provides information related to woody invasive species identification, distribution, impacts, regulatory status, and control and management. The collaborative has also developed recommendations on trees, shrubs and vines that gardeners and landowners can plant as alternatives to known woody invasives. The WIGL Collaborative was founded in early 2018 and is coordinated by the staff of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN).

State and Local Government
Academic
Professional