Economics and Spread of Invasives
An SRS scientist recently led an interdisciplinary team that proposed new methods for evaluating the economic damages of invasive species on forests. The research indicates that policies that shift the burden of economic impacts from taxpayers and forest landowners onto parties responsible for introducing invasives may be most effective at reducing their impacts. Another SRS researcher is collecting data on various habitat characteristics from diverse ecosystems in U.S. forests and around the world to better understand conditions that promote the spread of invasive species. Scientists and others can use this information to develop strategies that prevent the spread of invasives.