General Invasive Species Information

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With enormous environmental, economic, and health costs, invasive species are second only to habitat destruction as a cause of global biodiversity loss.

Learn more about invasive plants, animals, and diseases at the Invasive Species Node and at

Learn About Wildlife Disease

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The NBII Wildlife Disease Information Node is a collaborative project working to provide access to data on wildlife diseases, mortality events, and other critical information related to wildlife diseases. The audience is state and federal resource managers, animal disease specialists, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, physicians, public health workers, educators, and the general public.

Visit the Wildlife Disease Node to learn more about avian influenza, chronic wasting disease, West Nile Virus, and other diseases organized by species and type. Or, explore the Wildlife Health Monitoring Network, try the interactive maps, or search related publications.

Regional Themes

The Pacific Northwest Region encompasses a diverse set of ecosystems that are all affected to some degree by these ecological topics.

[Photo: U.S Forest Service]Fire
Wildland fire plays an important role in shaping the ecosystems of the region.
Herb Robert [Photo:]Invasive Species
Invasive species can displace native plants and animals, often with devastating effects.
Cascadehead Valley [Photo: U.S. Forest Service]Planning Documents
Protocols, management plans, recovery plans, habitat conservation plans, and reports related to fisheries, forests, invasive species, and wildlife of the region, including the Northwest Forest Plan. 
Clearwater River [Photo: Terry Gray, Idaho Fish and Game]Water
Water is an essential resource that supports plant, animal, and human communities across the region.
Whirling [Photo: USGS Western Fisheries Research Center] Wildlife Disease
Wildlife diseases such as whirling disease and IHN fish virus have important effects on both ecosystems and economies.

Featured Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Resource

NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

For more information about fishes nationwide, visit the NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NBII-FAR) web site. There you can find further web resources on fishes and aquatic organisms and the diverse factors affecting aquatic resources nationally.

The NBII-FAR web site features species information and lists, population and habitat maps and data, information about endangered species, freshwater and marine fishes, and conservation initiatives such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery System.

NBII-FAR partners:

Featured Fire Resource

[Image: John Black, University of Idaho]

The Fire Research And Management Exchange System or FRAMES is a web-based information management system designed to facilitate information transfer between wildland fire science and management.

The stated goal is "to make wildland fire data, metadata, tools, and other information resources easy to find, access, distribute, compare, and use."

FRAMES offers a single secure access point to critical information and applications such as datasets, databases, publications, decision support tools, simulation models, interactive CD-ROMs, videos, and other tools.

Partner Spotlight

Whirling Disease Initiative
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The Whirling Disease Initiative was established by Congress in 1997 to conduct research that will lead to practical methods of managing wild trout fisheries.

From 1997 - 2007, the Initiative funded more than 120 projects conducted by university members, public agency scientists, and private firms with great success. Researchers have described this parasite's complex life cycle and have investigated factors that influence its spread.

Because eradication of whirling disease is unlikely, the Initiative is focusing its efforts in the areas of disease management and control of its spread.

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