Partners Against Invasive Species
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, in partnership with the Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District, has initiated a USDA-funded project to assist landowners in West Alabama and East Mississippi in the control of invasive species. PAIS (Partnership Against Invasive Species) is designed to:
1) Develop stakeholder awareness
2) Provide assistance to landowners in control and management of invasive species
3) Enhance opportunities for students in conservation programs through hands-on training
4) Develop a regional center of expertise
What is an invasive species?
An invasive species is any kind of living organism--an amphibian (like the cane toad), plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism's seeds or eggs--that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. Species grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label "invasive."