Invasive Species

What Is an Invasive Species?

A non-native species that:

  • has spread into native or minimally managed natural systems
  • has developed self-sustaining populations by becoming dominant and/or disruptive to native systems
  • has no natural pests/predators
  • causes environmental or economic harm

Invasive insects and animals are brought on packing materials, imported products, or as exotic pets. Many invasive plant species were originally brought here as ornamental plants. You many have some of them in your yard, like burning bush, bush honeysuckle or Japanese barberry.

What Can be Done About Invasive Plants?

Remove them from your property by:

Removing vegetation, including invasive species, in or near wetlands, streams, and vernal pools, is regulated by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Lexington Wetlands By-Law and may require review by the Lexington Conservation Commission. Please contact the Conservation Division before removing any plant material from the previously mentioned resource areas.

Report Sightings of Invasives

You can report invasives when you find them on public land, using an online for or a smarphone app.

Volunteer to Help Remove Them from Conservation Land

The Lexington Conservation Division, with the tireless help of our Conservation Stewards and many volunteers, works hard to rid our conservation areas of invasive species. Find out how you can help.

Invasive Species Around the World

Invasive plants have been brought to North America mostly from other continents, either accidentally or purposely for agricultural or ornamental use, and have become widespread in our natural environment. Invasive species act as hitchhikers; arriving on wood packing material carried in cargo ships and airplanes, latched onto a campers firewood, or carried on boots, boats, tires and cars. Learn about how Seattle Yachts prevents the spread of invasive species and protects aquatic ecosystems

  1. Emerald Ash Borer
  2. Asiatic Bittersweet Vines
  3. Bush Honeysuckle Infestation

Emerald Ash BorersEmerald ash borers, an invasive beetle that damages ash trees, have been found in Lexington. Find out more. If you see evidence of them, fill out our form

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