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Spotlights

  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials are warning anglers that if the invasive Northern snakehead fish is caught in the Palmetto State, anglers should kill it immediately and by all means NOT release it back into the water. In early October, a Georgia angler reported catching a Northern snakehead, an aquatic invasive species, in a pond located on private property in Gwinnett County, Ga. This is the first time the Northern snakehead has been confirmed in Georgia waters. In the Southeast, Northern snakeheads have also been found in North Carolina and Florida. If you believe you have caught a Northern snakehead:

    • DO NOT RELEASE IT
    • Kill it immediately (remember, it can survive on land) and freeze it.
    • If possible, take pictures of the fish, including closeups of its mouth, fins and tail.
    • Note where it was caught (waterbody, landmarks or GPS coordinates).
    • Report it to the SCDNR by calling 1-800-922-5431.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.