Invasive Species Strike Team
The Strike Team is a statewide cooperative effort to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species across the state of New Jersey. Started as the Central Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, the project expanded statewide in 2011 and now consists of several hundred private individuals and public and private organizations representing all levels of government from federal to municipal, non-profit conservation groups and
consulting foresters. After working as an independent non-profit organization for six years, we joined forces with the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS). FoHVOS founded the Strike Team with the Raritan Headwaters Association in 2008, and it has always been our strongest partner. We could not be more pleased and excited about what the future holds for the Strike Team. There is much to be done to stop the spread of emerging invasive species in New Jersey, and we are confident that together, we truly can nip new invaders in the bud!
Remember what you are protecting!New Jersey is home to 2,000 native plants, 327 migrant & resident birds, 90 mammals, 44 reptiles, 35 amphibians, 421 marine & freshwater fish, 180 damselflies & dragonflies and 151 butterflies. This list includes 424 threatened and endangered species, some which are imperiled worldwide. This abundant biodiversity is a result of extremely diverse habitats, stretching from the Highlands through the Piedmont, into the Pinelands, a globally unique ecosystem, and through the shore regions.
Invasive species threaten the future of our natural heritage as well as our economy. The Strike Team is working to address these threats and protect the future of our precious state.
What is an invasive species?An invasive species is a non-native organism which is causing harm to the environment, human health or the economy. They are shown to interrupt the natural functions of an ecosystem by impacting native plants and animals.
Overall, invasive species place a tremendous burden on natural resources and are considered to be the greatest threat to global biodiversity, second only to outright habitat destruction.