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Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
(401) 222-2781 ext. 4510
The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a collaborative effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to raise public awareness about introduced pests from foreign countries such as Europe, China and other Asian countries, etc., by means of surveillance, detection and monitoring of invasive, exotic pests. Invasive pests consist of, but are not limited to, weeds, insects and other invertebrate organisms.
It is the goal of the RI Division of Agriculture to use this increased awareness to prevent the introduction and spread of potentially invasive, exotic pests in Rhode Island before they become well established.
Below are useful links to information on invasive species. Click on one of the following categories to move directly to that section. Federal Links
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
PPQ safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds to ensure an abundant, high-quality, and varied food supply. Click the above link to read more about PPQ.
USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area
To view the most recent news about Northeastern forests, read success stories and learn about forest conservation and stewardship, visit the USDA Forest Service online.
USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area Pest Alerts
Get the latest information on pest alerts in the Northeastern Area forests.
USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area Forest and Tree Health Publications
View information on forest health monitoring and management as well as downloadable files on Forest Insects and Diseases.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Database
Use this searchable database to find standardized information about vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)
Visit NISIC for information on invasive species nationally as well as internationally.
NAS - Non-indigenous Aquatic Species
Visit this website for information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on non-indigenous aquatic species.
Weeds Gone Wild
This web-based project of the Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group provides information pertaining to the serious threat and impacts of invasive, exotic plants to native flora, fauna and natural ecosystems in the United States.
Exotic Forest Pest Information System for North America
Use this searchable database to view information related to exotic, forest pests or prepare a new record.
RI DEM/Division of Forest Environment
In addition to its other program areas, The Department of Forest Environment works to manage insects and disease in 40,000 acres of Rhode Island forest. Click the above link for more information on the Department of Forest Environment and management plans.
URI's College of Environment and Life Sciences
Invasive Species Websites
CAPS Annual Reports
Report a Pest
If you think you have discovered a pest not native to Rhode Island, particularly if you suspect the pest to be the Asian Longhorned Beetle or the Emerald Ash Borer, please contact us to let us know.
Please be sure to include all of the following information: