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Another 34 invasive species in addition to Sosnowsky’s hogweed

2017-10-26

People usually know only Sosnowsky’s hogweed from all the invasive plant and animal species prevailing in Lithuania. Meanwhile, besides this eradicable plant there are another 34 species included into the current List of Invasive Species in Lithuania.

These new species are specified in a new publication of the Ministry of Environment “Invasive Plants in Lithuania”. It is useful not only for experts but for the public at large as well. The publication contains information about the origin, morphology and biology, the extent of prevalence and threat of each species included into the aforementioned list as well as the methods used to combat such species and the legal acts related to the control and eradication of these species.

According to Laura Janulaitienė, Chief Specialist of the Environmental Protection Division of the Environmental Protection and Forest Department at the Ministry of Environment, who was the consultant of this publication, the spread and invasion of alien species is the second most important (after the direct eradication of habitats) threat to the biological diversity in many regions around the world.

In 2001, the first list of eradicable plants in Lithuania included only Sosnowsky’s hogweed, whereas there are currently 35 species included into this list: 18 plant species and 17 animal species. During the recent years, people have already started to combat some of these species, upon active encouragement of nature protection specialists. Such species include large-leaved lupines, Canadian goldenrod, and Manitoba maple. Gardeners already seek for help in order to eradicate molluscs – Portuguese slugs – that attack their gardens. Nature protection specialists are concerned with the growing numbers of not only American minks and mongooses but also of common raccoons.

This publication together with the posters depicting invasive plant and animal species will be distributed to specialists in protected areas directorates, forest enterprises, regional environment protection departments, municipalities, universities, schools, etc. An electronic version of the publication and the posters will be soon available on the website of the Ministry.

Public Relations Division
27 October 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas