An exotic or non-native species is a species that is not indigenous to a given location and has been introduced, either accidentally or deliberately, into areas beyond its natural range. Non-native can refer to species from other countries, regions, states, ecosystems or even local habitats. An exotic invasive species is defined as a non-native species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm to the economy, the enviornment, or to human health.
The management of invasive species can be challenging without enough people involved. That is where 4-H'ers can help!!! Careful monitoring can detect a pest before it becomes established and provide a rapid response to eradicate or control the pest and help to reduce environmental and economic impacts. This requires the awareness, participation and support of everyone in South Carolina. 4-H'ers will be rewarded as they accumulate their findings.
If you are interested in becoming a Junior Invasive Inspector, contact your local extension agent, Steve Hucks, at (803) 283-3302 ext 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found by visiting the Junior Invasive Inspectors Program website.