In its native environment, an organism exists alongside competitors and predators that have evolved with it over time, regulating its population and maintaining a balance in the associated ecosystem.
However, when an organism becomes established in an environment outside its native range, the restraints of predation and competition are often absent. As a result, populations of invading species can grow rapidly, negatively impacting the native plants and animals. These non-native invasive species (NNIS) cause over $1 trillion in damages per year globally and act as the second leading cause of extinction among threatened and endangered species.
Redstart provides invasive plant control and invasive insect detection services to public and private clients including Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Forests and Parks, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.