Invasive Species Program

The management of invasive species is challenging and complicated. Invasive species prevention is the most effective strategy. Before a pest becomes established, careful monitoring can detect pest early. Early detection allows for a rapid response from stakeholders who can move to eradicate or control pest infestations, reducing environmental and economic impacts. This requires the awareness, participation and support of everyone in South Carolina.  

A strong plant pest survey program is an essential tool in protecting South Carolina from biosecurity issues and exotic pest introductions.  Invasive species surveys are designed, conducted, and evaluated each year by DPI in partnership with USDA, APHIS, Clemson Extension, the SC Forestry Commission, and others. Surveys provide valuable pest detection services for the state, the environment and the public. 

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