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This article was originally published on the Chesapeake Bay Journal, a public service journalism publication. Bay Journal writes on environmental issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Reeling from invasive species on land, water and air, Pennsylvania is accelerating its efforts to combat hundreds of non-native plants, insects and fish.

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Nonnative red-eared sliders are popular with aquarium hobbyists but often are dumped in local lakes and ponds when they get too large, disrupting native species.

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Volunteers use kayaks to find invasive water chestnuts and pull them from a lake in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

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Invasive plants choke a forest floor in Pennsylvania State Game Lands.

This article originally ran on northcentralpa.com.

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