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Spotlights

  • South Carolina Native Plant Society.
    Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria) is an early-blooming perennial with origins in Europe and northern Africa. It is also called Lesser Celandine, and it is sometimes confused with Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris). More recently, its behavior has transitioned or is in the process of transitioning to that of an aggressive invasive species that threatens bottomlands throughout its adopted range. Even after its invasiveness was recognized, many people did not anticipate that it would behave invasively in the South, as it has begun to do. Be a Citizen Scientist— We are asking you to help us scout areas near you where it is likely to be found, so that emerging infestations can be documented, treated and monitored.
  • South Carolina Forestry Commission.
    The emerald ash borer, a beetle pest that has devastated ash trees throughout the eastern United States, was officially detected in Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties in August 2017. According to a Clemson University press release, the beetles were found Aug. 3 during a routine check of Emerald Ash Borer traps and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In response to the discovery of EAB in the Upstate, the State Crop Pest Commission likely will establish a quarantine area involving at least the three affected counties; it is also possible the quarantine could be expanded to additional counties or even the entire state.
  • Clemson University. Regulatory Services. Invasive Species Program.

    The Clemson University Invasive Species Program will soon be recruiting middle school aged youth to help with the early detection of invasive species in South Carolina! Families, school groups, camps and other organizations can register for the Junior Invasive Inspectors Program. Adult leaders will be given curriculum written for teaching children ages 9-13 about general invasive species awareness, understanding latitude and longitude, recognizing targeted forest pests and symptoms of decline in trees.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

Southeast Exotic Plant Pest Council.
The mission of the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in South Carolina's natural areas by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information.

State and Local Government

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Freshwater Fisheries Section.
South Carolina Forestry Commission.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Southeast Regional Taxonomic Center.

Academic

Clemson University. College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences.

The Clemson University IPM Program provides support for research and Extension outreach activities focused on managing pests affecting crops, landscapes and urban settings with practices that are environmentally and economically sound.

Clemson University. Regulatory Services.

Professional

South Carolina Native Plant Society.