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Kentucky Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan
Kentucky's Terrestrial Nuisance Species Plan
Citizens Guide to Nuisance Species in Kentucky
Nuisance species are non-native species (a.k.a. exotic, alien, or non-indigenous) that have moved outside their native range AND threaten native species and interfere with important commercial, agricultural, and recreational actives.
Natural “checks and balances” such as predators, parasites, diseases, and competitors do not exist outside of the native ranges of these species creating an environment where they can dominate and become “nuisances.” Native species are not used to living with these new species and are not adapted to eat them or compete with them.
The Kentucky Exotic Plant Council lists the following species as "severe threats" in Kentucky:
Nuisance species have major biological, economical, and aesthetic impacts on Kentucky.
Biological Impacts include the degradation of native habitats, reduced abundance of native species, and the loss of biodiversity on a global level.
Economic Impacts include increased business costs due to interference with commercial fishing, aquaculture operations, logging, and agriculture. In addition, tourism dollars are lost when recreational experiences such as hunting, hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating are no longer possible or pleasant.
Aesthetic Impacts of nuisance species are negative when invasion by non-native species results in an inability of the citizens of Kentucky to enjoy and pass along to future generations favorite fishing, hunting, and hiking areas.
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council