The Invasive Plant Resource Guide is a collection
of materials designed to support your invasive plant management
and education efforts. Whether you are a public lands manager,
a member of a cooperative weed management area, or a local
weed worker, the materials in this book will provide you with
a broad perspective on the invasive species problem, as well
as much practical information.
Fact sheets, booklets, and handbooks developed by many agencies
and organizations make up the Resource Guide. These materials
cover a variety of topics including natural resources, land
stewardship practices, weed management techniques and tools,
and working effectively with groups. Knowledge from these resources
can be shared with stakeholders in building community support,
which is essential to preventing and managing plant invasions,
and to sustaining the ecological integrity and economic value
of the lands that we depend upon.
The Resource Guide is divided into four themes, each one
defining a suite of materials related to that theme. Following
the introduction to each theme is a User’s Guide that
briefly describes each item, its source, and how to order or
download it from a website. Most of the materials are free,
making it easy to obtain more for distribution to your local
These materials can be used in many ways, to increase your
knowledge on a specific topic, develop handouts or presentations,
print fact sheets or order booklets to hand out at meetings
and other events, or provide a specific reference to others.
Keep in mind that although some materials have been developed
for specific regions or ecosystems, the ideas or basic concepts
can usually be applied to your area. Exploring the website
provided for each item in the User’s Guide may lead you
to additional helpful resources.
We hope you find that this BIG BOOK serves
well as a resource for the BIG PROBLEM of