POSITION STATEMENTS

Nonnative Invasive Forest Species


The Society of American Foresters recognizes that invasive species present one of the most significant and urgent threats to America’s forests, costing billions of dollars each year to our commercial, recreational and agricultural sectors. SAF supports a multi-tiered approach to invasive species management that includes prevention, eradication, control, and forest restoration. Management approaches should focus on practices that build greater resiliency and resistance to invasive species within forest ecosystems to ensure sustainable forests for future generations. SAF encourages federal agencies, states, counties, and municipalities to be cognizant of threats from invasive species in their budgets and priorities to ensure that eradication and control of invasive species is an important element of their operations.  

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