Experience from around the globe has illustrated the cost and environmental damage caused by invasive species. Through proactive efforts, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture addresses this threat through prevention, education, early detection and treatment programs. These actions are implemented through the following:
Inspection stations are located on all major highways entering the state. This strategy is taken to maximize contact with boats travelling into the state from potentially fouled waterways.
The early detection monitoring program serves as a tool to identify invasive species threats in Idaho, and eradicate populations before permanent establishment can occur.
The aquatic invasive species program is a statewide coordination that acts to protect the integrity of the state’s water bodies from the biological degradation caused by invasive species.
The noxious weed program is a statewide coordination that acts to protect the integrity of the state’s rangeland, forestland, agricultural land, etc. from the biological degradation caused by invasive species.
The purpose of the NWFF&S program is to limit the introduction and spread of noxious weeds through forage and straw onto Idaho United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
The grasshopper / Mormon cricket control program offers help to ranchers, farmers, and the general public in the suppression of economically damaging infestations on private or state-owned lands.
In the context of an integrated pest management system, ISDA works to exclude, regulate and manage new invaders that may have negative economic, public health and environmental impacts.