Removing Invasive Plants

Before They Take Over

More than a quarter of the plants growing in Acadia National Park currently are not native. Some of these plant species are considered invasive, where if time and conditions allowed, they would take over the landscape and wipe out native plants and shrubs, as well as the complex community of life dependent on them.

Invasive plants can distract pollinators from native plants, provide wildlife with fruit and foliage less nutritious than that of native plants, and even create physical barriers to wildlife moving freely through an area, detecting, and evading predators, and finding shelter.

With funding assistance from Friends of Acadia, Acadia National Park is in an intensive, multi-year campaign to control invasive plants before they become unmanageable. Friends of Acadia’s grants have enabled the park to hire staff to survey park lands for the presence of invasive plants, attack infestations, monitor for re-growth, and plan follow-up treatment.

Managing Invasive Species in Acadia National Park

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