...are exotic plants and animals.
Some exotic species, i.e., invasive species, have no natural predators and so they easily get out of control and take over. When these species take over they take away resources (i.e., nutrients, sunlight, and water) away from native species. Native species populations will decline and many become endangered because of competition from invasive species.
...are a problem.
Invasive species have significant economic and ecological impacts. Aquatic invasive species clog up waterways and deplete oxygen for important commercial fishes. Terrestrial invasive species crowd out native species and decrease the resources available to wildlife.
...are in North Carolina.
Invasive species are found all over North Carolina - in every region and in every ecosystem. This website is designed to help users identify invasive species by region and ecosystem.