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Non-native Species

The buttons below takes you to lists of non-native species not only within the Elfin Forest, but the local region and the entire state.

In the Elfin Forest

A list of non-native arthropods (insect like things) in the Elfin Forest - six species, only one invasive.

A list of non-native Birds in the Elfin Forest - four species, one potentially invasive.

A list of non-native gastropods (snails) in the Elfin Forest with rating of "invasive" where appropriate.

A list of non-native mammals in the Elfin Forest with rating of "invasive" where appropriate.

A list of non-native plants in the Elfin Forest with rating of "invasive" where appropriate and a link to photographic database at CalPhotos.

In the Local Region

A draft list of non-native species in the Morro Bay watershed. This is a first draft by the Invasive Species Action Network sponsored by the Morro Bay National Estuary Project thanks to some hard work by Jon Hall of MBNEP. This list will probably be augmented and revised shortly.

"Non-native Plants of the Estero Bay Area". Rather than a listing of non-native plants this is a 81 page study of the more common non-natives of the area by Lisa Andreano of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. It covers a longer swath of the Central Coast than the previous list - Montaņa de Oro on the south to Harmony on the north. Much more detailed information is included along with color photos of most species and is drawn from studies by State Parks.

State wide

The largest an most active group engaged controlling harmful non-native plants at the state level is the California Invasive Plant Council -- Cal-IPC. Several of SWAP's conservation committee are members. Cal-IPC's website contains a wide variety of information: http://www.cal-ipc.org. They have several printed databases, but with new plants "popping up" all the time and their invasive status being continually reassessed their new interactive database is the best statewide information source of its kind. Click on the button to go directly to it.