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Elodea - First Invasive Aquatic Plant in Alaska


Elodea infestation in July, 2011 at urban Sand Lake in Anchorage, Alaska, a site with regular floatplane traffic that is approximately three km from Lake Hood (Alaska’s biggest float plane base) Elodea is the first invasive aquatic plant in Alaska and is an immediate management concern within the state. The potential for invasive species introductions in Arctic and Subarctic ecosystems is growing in response to climate change and increasing human activity in high latitudes. In a new paper, USGS Alaska Science Center Research Fish Biologist Michael Carey, and co-authors from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Alaska Pacific University, examined the characteristics of Elodea, reviewed the history of Elodea invasions worldwide, and provided recommendations for future research and management efforts for Elodea in Alaska. To access the article visit: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10750-016-2767-x.


To learn more about elodea visit the Alaska Department of Natural Resources at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag_Elodea.htm.

Also see Elodea FAQs at: http://copperriver.org/files/invasive-plants/elodea-faq-1/at_download/file.

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