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Online Textbooks and Courses


Invasive Plant Inventory and Survey Methods for Land Managers: A Web Seminar Series

Developed by the Center in 2009, this series of six web seminars presented practical inventory and survey methods that were successfully applied over large areas, and provided guidance on selecting methods to best meet the objectives of an integrated pest management strategy.

2009 Department of Defense Invasive Species Workshop: Strategic Management of Invasive Species in the Southwestern US

In 2009, CISM and the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program offered a five-day workshop to provide natural resource professionals with knowledge to more effectively manage invasive species on DoD installations and adjacent lands. This website contains PowerPoint presentations (with audio) from the workshop.

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices

Developed by the Center for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System staff and launched in 2008, this website provides an introductory overview of science-based invasive plant management concepts and principles, and illustrates practices implemented by the National Wildlife Refuge System and other land management entities. The modules provide a basic foundation from which to build knowledge about invasive plant management.

Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand

Developed by the Center for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System staff and launched in 2008, this website provides a variety of information to help Refuge System volunteers and the public better understand invasive plants and assist in their management. Module topics include the invasion process, management methods, tips for giving presentations to refuge visitors, and much more. The work and experiences of volunteers are showcased first-hand.

Invasive Plant Management: CIPM Online Textbook

This comprehensive resource, created by the Center in 2002 and updated in 2007, covers topics ranging from the ecological processes involved in plant invasions to monitoring weed populations.

Integrated Pest Management Education

IPM3 provides a web-based, distance delivery opportunity for individuals interested in integrated plant management (IPM) to become proficient in the principles and application of IPM as taught by leading authorities in diverse disciplines from various United States universities.

Radcliffe's IPM World Textbook

This electronic textbook on integrated pest management was developed by the University of Minnesota and is updated regularly.

Websites


Great Basin Invasive Weeds Website

Developed by Utah State University, this website offers information on weed impacts, weed management, and how to get involved.

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

This website is constantly updated; currently, it offers statistics and resources for 2,764 invasive species as well as a database with over 36,000 images.

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices

Developed by the Center for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System staff and launched in 2008, this website provides an introductory overview of science-based invasive plant management concepts and principles, and illustrates practices implemented by the National Wildlife Refuge System and other land management entities. The modules provide a basic foundation from which to build knowledge about invasive plant management.

National Invasive Species Information Center

This website is a gateway to invasive species information, covering federal, state, local, and international sources and is home to website of the National Invasive Species Council, which coordinates federal responses to invasive species.

Society for Range Management

This website offers professional development and continuing education resources, academic journals, news and events, and a section for students.

Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand

Developed by the Center for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System staff and launched in 2008, this website provides a variety of information to help Refuge System volunteers and the public better understand invasive plants and assist in their management. Module topics include the invasion process, management methods, tips for giving presentations to refuge visitors, and much more. The work and experiences of volunteers are showcased first-hand.

Weed Science Society of America

The Weed Science Society of America website offers a plethora of information, including: news and policy updates, weed control and education resources, publications, and links to other excellent sites.

Books


Applied Ecology and Natural Resource Management (PDF)

G.R. McPherson and S. DeStefano | 2003 | Cambridge University Press
This book provides practical guidelines for integrating applied ecology with natural resource management. It focuses on plant ecology as a foundation for management and describes how concepts and approaches used by ecologists to study communities and ecosystems can be applied to management.

Aquatic and Riparian Weeds of the West

J.M. DiTomaso and E.A. Healy | 2003 | University of California Press
This reference manual includes complete information on identification and biology for over 170 species of submerged, floating leaf, and emergent aquatic weeds.

Assessment and Management of Plant Invasions

J.O. Luken and J.W. Thieret, editors | 1997 | Springer
This book places the issue of nonindigenous plant invasions in a broader ecological context that includes human activity in managing natural resources, designing regulations, and dispersing organisms; and discusses pre-invasion ecological interactions as well as post-invasion management interactions.

Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States

E.M. Coombs, J.K. Clark, G.L. Piper, and A.F. Cofrancesco, Jr., editors | 2004 | Oregon State University Press
This book covers ecology, safety testing, non-target impacts, and the processes of identifying, introducing, distributing, and monitoring biological control agents. It describes 39 target plants and 94 biological control agents, including their origin, biology, habitat, impacts, and distribution.

Control of Invasive Species: A Synthesis of Highway Practice (PDF)

2006 | Transportation Research Board
This text explores the extent to which state departments of transportation are identifying actions that affect the spread of invasive species, preventing introduction, tracking status and locations of invasives in a timely and ongoing manner, controlling found populations, restoring invaded habitats, conducting research, and sharing lessons learned.

Ecology of Weeds and Invasive Plants: Relationship to Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

S.R. Radosevich, J.S. Holt, and C.M. Ghersa | 2007 | Wiley
The third edition of this classic reference on weeds and invasive plants provides an in-depth understanding of how weeds and invasive plants develop and interact in the environment so you can manage and control them more effectively. The guide includes an introduction to weeds and invasive plants in various environments and an overview of their ecology and evolution, along with extensive examples.

Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest

P.D. Boersma, S.H. Reichard, and A.N. VanBuren, editors | 2006 | University of Washington Press
This book describes 108 invasive species and includes photos, maps, life history, impacts, control methods, and more.

Species Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeography

D.F. Sax, J.J. Stachowicz, and S.D. Gaines, editors | 2005 | Sinauer
Species invasions present significant conservation challenges, but they also provide invaluable information about the functioning of natural systems. In this edited book, experts from the fields of ecology, evolution, and biogeography explore the unique insights species invasions provide.

Weeds of California and Other Western States

J.M. DiTomaso and E.A. Healy | 2006 | University of California Press
This two-volume, 1,900-page reference was developed over six years and is the most comprehensive weed identification book ever produced in the United States. It contains detailed descriptions of seedlings, mature plants, flowers and fruit, germination and propagation characteristics, and descriptions of similar species for over 750 weed species.

Weed Ecology: Implications for Management

S.R. Radosevich, J.S. Holt, and C.M. Ghersa | 1997 | Wiley
This book focuses on interactive features of weeds, especially as they occur in agriculture, forest, and rangeland situations. By considering weeds foremost as plants, and by relying on the concepts of plant ecology, the authors hope to provide a better understanding of weeds that will lead to better crop and weed management.

Weed Ecology in Natural and Agricultural Systems

B.D. Booth, S.D. Murphy, and C.J. Swanton | 2003 | CABI
This text explains ecological principles essential to understanding how weeds function in the environment and emphasizes why weed management strategies within an integrated weed management approach should be based on ecological knowledge (for readers with an understanding of basic biology).

Weeds of the West

L.C. Burrill, S.A. Dewey, D.W. Cudney, B.E. Nelson (authors), and T.D. Whitson (editor) | 2006 | Weed Science Society of America
This easy to use guide includes descriptions, habitats, and characteristics of important weed species in the western United States as well as over 900 photographs showing the early growth stages, mature plants, and features for positive identification of each weed discussed.