Established June 24, 1762
Exotic Invasive Species Control

What are Exotic Invasive Species?

European Frogbit Non-native, exotic invasive species are plants, animals, and other organisms either accidentally or intentionally introduced from other places. Once invasive species are established, fishing, hunting, forestry, tourism and agriculture can all be affected.

Due to the lack of natural controls and high reproductive ability, invasive species can quickly become widespread. Invasive plants, in particular, tend to grow faster, taller, or broader, robbing space, light and nutrients from native flora.

Invasive species change not only the way an area looks but also the way it functions ecologically. Infestations can disrupt water absorption and circulation, nutrient cycling, or even create a toxic environment.

They degrade habitat quality which can reduce the number and variety of fish and wildlife. Invasive species also pose risks to human health and safety by exacerbating allergies and introducing new diseases.

Charlotte Invasives Collaborative (CHIC)

Phragmites australisThere is no denying that exotic invasives present a daunting and sometimes overwhelming challenge to Charlotte and other towns. This is why a working group has formed to address head-on exotic/invasive plant infestations within the town.

The Charlotte Invasives Collaborative (CHIC) will complement existing national, state, and regional initiatives to address this growing concern. CHIC will work in partnership with the Champlain Valley Invasive Plant Partnership1, Charlotte Road Commissioner, Charlotte Conservation Commission, The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Agencies of Natural Resources and Transportation in pursuing and attaining the following objectives:

1. Provide management guidance information: CHIC will serve as an information source for Charlotte residents, providing best invasive plant management practice guidance to those interested in treating infestations and reducing their spread.

2. Manage town funds: the Select Board has allocated $1,000 in the current budget for the treatment of infestations on town-owned and town-managed lands. Funds will be used for the treatment of infestations. CHIC will identify treatment sites, manage volunteer and contracted labor, apply for permits, and fully document work performed. Wild ParsnipIn addition to achieving control of infestations, CHIC hopes to increase understanding of the efficacy of different treatment options within varying landscape and climate conditions.

3. Early detection and Mapping: CHIC will employ iMapInvasives, a GIS-based system developed by The Nature Conservancy to track and monitor infestations. CHIC will draw upon a variety sources for early detection and mapping including ongoing assessment work of county forester and reporting by town officials and residents.

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact the CHIC.

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