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Biotic Invasions: Causes, Epidemiology, Global Consequences and Control Provides a global perspective on invading plants and animals. Gives examples of how nonnative species invade and become established. Addresses the negative ecological effects of invaders on native species’ populations and communities, and even on global ecosystem processes. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.or
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://www.esa.org/science/Issues

Hard copies are $3
Invasion! Briefly addresses how invasive plants and animals are introduced, their threats, and what can be done. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://www.esa.org/education/LME/FactSheets.php
Meeting the Invasive Species Challenge, Management Plan The national management plan on invasive species (resulting from the Executive Order issued in 1999) provides a blueprint for Federal action in coordination with other nations, state and local governments, and organizations, on addressing the invasive species problem. Nine areas of action are described and timelines for implementation are given. National Invasive Species Council
Phone: 202-513-7243
Email: invasivespecies@ios.doi.gov
Website: http://www.invasivespecies.gov
Click on Management Plan for free download
Invasive Plants: Changing the Landscape of America Presents a comprehensive introduction to the invasive plant problem in various environments. Information ranges from explaining what an invasive plant is, to the impacts on and threats to biodiversity. Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/ficmnew/index.shtml

PDF
National Strategy and Implementation Plan for Invasive Species Management Describes the USDA Forest Service’s strategy for addressing the invasive species problem. Identifies four categories reflecting areas emphasized in the National Invasive Species management plan. For each category, the current program, success and accountability measures, and strategic and short-term actions are described. USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection
Phone: 703-605-5344
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth
Click on Publications and Databases > Publications for free download

Free hard copies available
Weeds: The Silent Invaders An overview of the USDA Forest Service’s integrated strategy, highlighting the basic tenets of weed prevention, early detection and rapid response, management and control, restoration, and research. USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection
Phone: 703-605-5344
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth
Click on Publications and Databases > Reports for free download

Free hard copies available
Threats to the West: An Invasion of Western Waters by Non-native Species Defines what aquatic nuisance species are, types of habitats they invade, and how to prevent invasions. Includes line drawings, maps, and descriptions of invasive aquatic plant and animals. Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species
Phone: 303-236-7862
Email: answest@fws.gov
Website: http://answest.fws.gov
Click on Documents for free download

Free hard copies available

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Description
Source and Cost
Ecosystem Services:
Benefits Supplied to
Human Societies by
Natural Ecosystems
Ecosystem services are resources produced by the environment that we depend upon, such as air and water purification or the pollination of agricultural crops. Explains what ecosystem services are and identifies threats, such as the introduction of non-native species.
Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download: http://www.esa.org/science_resources/issues_ecology.php

Hard copies are $3
Ecosystem Services Defines ecosystem services and identifies activities, including the introduction of non-native species, that degrade these services. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://www.esa.org/education/LME/FactSheets.php
Biodiversity

Explains what biodiversity is and why it is important. Invasive species are identified as one of the primary threats to biodiversity. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://www.esa.org/education/LME/FactSheets.php
Biodiversity: Connecting with the Tapestry of Life Provides in-depth information on biodiversity; what it is, why it is important, status and trends, and conservation actions. Invasive species are addressed as one of several factors contributing to biodiversity loss. Smithsonian Institution Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program
Phone: 202-357-4793
Email: simab@ic.si.edu
Website: www.si.edu/simab
Contact about hard copies
PDF

 

Pollination: An Essential Ecosystem Service Describes what pollinators are, the economic value of pollination as an ecosystem service in agricultural crop production, and threats to pollinators. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: ces@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://esa.org/ecoservices
Water Purification: An Essential Ecosystem Service Explains the benefits of natural water purification and how it works. Invasive plants and animals are identified as one of the obstructions to water purification. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: ces@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://esa.org/ecoservices
Biodiversity and Riparian Areas: Life in the Green Zone Communicates the importance of maintaining healthy riparian areas to retain high levels of biodiversity, which benefit people in many ways. Cows and Fish Program
Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society
Phone: 403-381-5538
Website: http://www.cowsandfish.org
Click on Publications for free download

Hard copies available
Wetlands Overview Functions and Values of Wetlands Threats to Wetlands Fact sheets that describe what wetlands are, explain their function and value, and identify threats to wetlands, including the introduction of non-native species. US Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: 1-800-832-7828
Email: wetlands.helpline@epa.gov
Website: http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands
Click on Wetland Fact Sheets for free download
Sustaining Healthy Freshwater Ecosystems Addresses the economic and ecological value of freshwater ecosystems, and discusses the requirements for sustaining healthy freshwater ecosystems. Non-native species are blamed for altering important ecological processes and affecting food webs. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: ces@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download: http://www.esa.org/science/Issues/TextIssues/issue10.php
Hard copies are $3
Soil—A Critical Environmental Resource Defines what soil is and explains its critical functions in the environment. Soil and Water Conservation Society
Phone: 515-289-2331
Website: http://www.swcs.org
Rangeland Soil Quality—Introduction Explains the relationship between soil quality and rangeland health. Shows that the establishment and growth of invasive plants are influenced by soil quality. USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service
Soil Quality Institute
Website: http://soils.usda.gov/sqi
Click on Publications for free download
Rangeland Soil Quality—Soil Biota Describes what soil biota are, explains their benefits, and addresses several management considerations. USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service
Soil Quality Institute
http://soils.usda.gov/sqi
Click on Resources>Soil Quality Publications for free download
Biological Soil Crusts— Webs of Life in the Desert Soil crusts are found in arid regions ranging from deserts to prairies to high-elevation ecosystems. Explains biological soil crusts, their function and importance. Intact soil crusts are thought to prevent invasion by exotic weeds. US Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Phone: 541-750-1030
Email: fresc_outreach@usgs.gov
Website: http://fresc.usgs.gov
Click on Fact Sheets for free download

Free hard copies
Global Climate Change From a scientific perspective, explains global climate change and its ramifications. Changes in climate may influence the distribution of plant communities including the range expansion of weeds. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download:
http://www.esa.org/education_diversity/factsheets.php
Storing Carbon through Soil Conservation Explains what carbon sequestration is, why it is important, and the role of soil conservation in slowing climate change. Soil and Water Conservation Society
Phone: 515-289-2331
Website: http://www.swcs.org

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Ecological Principles for Managing Land Use Examines key ecological principles important in making land-management decisions; provides guidelines to help sustain the ecological systems humans depend upon; addresses minimizing the introduction and spread of nonnative species. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org
Free download: http://www.esa.org/pao/policyStatements/pdfDocuments/
LandUsePositionPaper.pdf


Hard copies are $4
Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages A five-module curriculum for teaching small-acreage landowners about stewardship of natural resources on their property. Module topics are goal setting and property inventory, soils, water, plants (includes weed management), and animals. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 775-784-4848
Email: donaldsons@unce.unr.edu
Website: http://www.unce.unr.edu
Click on Publications for free download
Invasive Plant Prevention Guidelines Provides practical techniques to prevent the invasion and permanent establishment of invasive plants on roadsides and in natural areas. Addresses invasive plant prevention with respect to lands, water, animals, and fire. Center for Invasive Plant Management
Phone 406-994-5557; Email weedcenter@montana.edu
Website: http://www.weedcenter.org
Click on Store > Publications for free download and ordering information
Hard copies are $1.75
Nevada’s War on Weeds Steps to Success: Making Your Program Work! Fact sheets outlining the steps for a systematic approach to invasive weed management. Discusses topics ranging from building effective coalitions to monitoring weed treatments. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 775-784-7070
Website: http://www.unce.unr.edu
Click on Publications > Natural Resources for free download
Weed Control Methods Handbook: Tools & Techniques for Use in Natural Areas A comprehensive weed management handbook. Explains the adaptive management approach to weeds, describes integrated weed management tools and addresses the advantages and disadvantages for specific weeds. The Nature Conservancy Global Invasives Species Team
Website: http://www.invasive.org/gist/handbook.html
Noxious and Nuisance Plant Management Information System An interactive information system covering species identification and management techniques for 110 terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland plant species. Photos can be used for educational purposes if source is credited. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Environmental Laboratory
Email: EL-Inquiry@erdc.usace.army.mil
Website: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.cfm
Click on Products > Information Systems for online version or order free CD
Aquatic Plant Information System An interactive information system covering aquatic plant ecology, biology, systematics, identification, and environmentally compatible management techniques. Photos can be used for educational purposes if source is credited. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Environmental Laboratory
Email: EL-Inquiry@erdc.usace.army.mil
Website: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.cfm
Click on Products > Information Systems for online version or order free CD
Urban Guide to Weed Control Provides information for the urban landowner on how to treat 21 common weeds; includes illustrations and both non-chemical and chemical control methods. Manitoba Agricultural, Food and Rural Initiative

Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture

Free download:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/weeds
The Nature of Roadsides and the Tools to Work with It Focuses on protecting and restoring native plant communities within the context of roadside vegetation management. Explains the tools used in managing invasive plants and provides steps in working with native plants. A list of resources is provided. Federal Highway Administration
Roadside Vegetation Management
Phone: 651-291-6104
Email: bonnie.harper-lore@fhwa.dot.gov
Website:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/vegmgt


Contact for hard copies

On the Web:
http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/docs/plants/
roadsides/index.htm
Healthy Plant Communities: Ecologically-based Rangeland Weed Management Explains how to consider ecological principles in developing weed management strategies aimed at attaining a relatively weed-resistant plant community.

Montana State University Extension Publications
Phone: 406-994-3273
Email: orderpubs@montana.edu
Website: http://www.montana.edu/publications

Free download and hard copies

Riparian Weed Management Addresses the values of riparian areas and the impacts of weeds on these systems. Identifies problematic weeds and recommends methods for managing weeds near water. Montana State University Extension Publications
Phone: 406-994-3273
Email: orderpubs@montana.edu
Website: http://www.montana.edu/publications

Free hard copies
Riparian Areas: A User’s Guide to Health Provides a step-by-step assessment for determining riparian health and actions to improve it. Explains what a riparian area is and identifies its key ecological functions, services, and benefits. Maintaining healthy riparian areas is instrumental in weed prevention and control. Cows and Fish Program Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society
Phone: 403-381-5538
Website: http://www.cowsandfish.org
Click on Publications for free download.

Hard copies are $2
Protecting Your Watershed: Tips for Small Acreages in Eastern Oregon Explains how watersheds function, how they are impacted, and how to evaluate the health of streams. Concepts are applicable to all watersheds. USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service-Oregon
Website: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/news/factsheets.html
Click on Protecting Your Watershed: Tips for Small Acreages in Eastern Oregon for free download
Taking Care of Streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska: A Guide to Riparian Areas in Rangelands Discusses the benefits of maintaining healthy riparian areas in rangelands. Provides strategies for grazing livestock while protecting riparian resources. Applicable to rangelands in other western states. Versions of this brochure are available for the moist west-side climates. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Pacific Northwest Regional Water Quality Program
Website: http://www.pnwwaterweb.com/
Click on Riparian Bulletins for free download
Fire Ecology Explains what fire ecology is and the general role of wildfire in maintaining ecosystems. Human influences, including the introduction of nonnative plant species, have played a role in altering natural fire regimes. Ecological Society of America
Phone: 202-833-8773
Email: esahq@esa.org
Website: http://www.esa.org

Free download: http://www.esa.org/education_diversity/factsheets.php
Integrated Noxious Weed Management After Wildfires Written for landowners and land managers, describes post-fire integrated weed management methods that can improve the establishment of desired species and the eradication or control of noxious weeds. Montana State University Extension Publications
Phone: 406-994-3273
Email: orderpubs@montana.edu
Website: http://www.montana.edu/publications

Free download:
http://www.montana.edu/wwwpb/pubs/eb160.html

Hard copies are $1
Fire as a Tool for Controlling Nonnative Invasive Plants A literature review that focuses on using fire and fire combined with other management methods to control exotic plants. Covers managers’ objectives, limitations on tactics and detailed case studies. Center for Invasive Plant Management
Phone: 406-994-5557
Email: weedcenter@montana.edu
Website: http://www.weedcenter.org
Click on CIPM Products and Publications for free download and ordering information
Born of Fire—Restoring Sagebrush Steppe Addresses efforts to restore native sagebrush grasslands that have been altered by changes in the natural fire regime brought about by the introduction of exotic annual grasses. US Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Phone: 541-750-1030
Email: fresc_outreach@usgs.gov
Website: http://fresc.usgs.gov
Click on Fact Sheets for free download

Free hard copies
Biology and Invasive Species in the Western U.S. Illustrates several invasive species
problems and notes the research that is being conducted to assist managers in control and restoration efforts.
US Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Phone: 541-750-1030
Email: fresc_outreach@usgs.gov
Website: http://fresc.usgs.gov
Click on Fact Sheets for free download Free hard copies
Understanding and Managing Invasive Plants in Wilderness and Other Natural Areas: An Annotated Reading List Summarizes invasive plant literature from 250 books and articles and online resources. Summaries are organized in a practical framework, from understanding plant invasions to restoration. Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Phone: 406-542-4190
Website: http://leopold.wilderness.net
Free download:
http://leopold.wilderness.net/pubs/464.pdf

To order free hard copies:
USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Phone: 970-498-1392
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm
Creating Native Landscapes in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains A how-to-do-guide that discusses the value of xeriscaping (water-efficient landscaping) and step-by-step instructions for xeriscaping with native plants in the semi-arid West. Touches on invasive weed management. USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service-Montana
Phone: 406-587-6842
Website: http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov

Free download:
http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/ecs/plant/
xeriscp/
Backyard Conservation: Bringing Conservation From the Countryside to Your Backyard Describes 10 conservation practices that homeowners can apply to their backyards. Similar activities have been successfully implemented by farmers and ranchers to aid in conserving and protecting natural resources. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Phone: 1-888-LANDCARE
Email: backyard@swcs.org

Free download of booklet, tip sheets, and lesson plans:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard
Don’t Plant a Pest! Create a similar brochure using Cal-IPC’s free template to inform gardeners and homeowners about alternatives to invasive ornamentals. Work with your local nurseries to determine the best alternative non-invasive species for your area.

California Invasive Species Council
Phone: 510-843-3920
Email: dwjohnson@cal-ipc.org
Website: www.cal-ipc.org

Click on Publications & Resources for information on ordering or on using the brochure template

Invasive Plant Facts for:
—Outdoor Recreationists
—Gardeners & Homeowners
—Public Officials
—Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Nursery and Landscape Professionals
—Best Management Practices for Land Managers
Five flyers developed by a Weed Management Area in New York for informing selected target groups about invasive plants. Provides lists of alternatives to planting invasive ornamentals and excerpts from the Voluntary Codes of Conduct, which are aimed at reducing the use and distribution of invasive plants. Information from these flyers (or the original Codes of Conduct) can be used to develop flyers for your target groups.

The Nature Conservancy Global Invasive Species Team
Free download: http://www.invasive.org/gist/outreach.html
(see Developing WMA)

For information on the Voluntary Codes of Conduct (cooperatively developed by representatives from plant nurseries, landscaping, landscape architects, botanical gardens, and The Nature Conservancy), see the Center for Plant Conservation

Website: http://www.centerforplantconservation.org/invasives/codesN.html

Why Should I Care about Noxious Weeds? Targets various groups that live in or use the land and water of the Greater Yellowstone Area (a three-state region); explains how noxious weeds can affect lifestyles and natural resources, and how people can help minimize the spread of noxious weeds. Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Noxious Weed Subcommittee
Website: http://fedgycc.org/WeedOverview.htm
Click on Publications for PDF

For free hard copies contact:
Teton Country Weed & Pest (Wyoming)
Phone: 307-733-8419

CIPM Outreach Tools Products to aid invasive plant awareness and outreach efforts.

Center for Invasive Plant Management
Phone 406-994-5557; Email weedcenter@montana.edu
Website: http://www.weedcenter.org
Click on Store for free downloads and ordering information

Item Description Source and Cost
An Introduction to Weed Management Areas Weed management areas are coalitions of neighboring landowners who work together in the prevention, control, and eradication of weeds. This booklet is an abbreviated version of Guidelines for Coordinated Management of Noxious Weeds: Development of Weed Management Areas. Topics include organizing a WMA, developing management and operating plans, and information on other WMA resources. Guidelines for Coordinated Management of Noxious Weeds: Development of Weed Management Areas. A joint publication of the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Forest Service (2002).

Abbreviated version by the Center for Invasive Plant Management and the link to full version can be found in CIPM Online Textbook, Chapter 11: http://www.weedcenter.org/textbook/11_WMAs.html
CWMA Cookbook: A Recipe for Success Explains 14 steps to developing a cooperative weed management area; addresses education, prevention, cooperative work projects, sharing resources, and contracting services. Idaho Department of Agriculture
Idaho Noxious Weed Program
Phone: 208-332-8500
Website: http://www.idahoag.us
For free download click on Plants & Insects>Noxious Weeds>Forms, Reports, & Publications

Free hard copies available
Weed Prevention Areas: Protecting Prioritized Ecosystems from Invasive Weed Spread Describes a pilot project in Montana in which stakeholder groups formulate and implement an adaptive weed prevention plan. A Weed Prevention Area can be designated as special management zone within a Weed Management Area or as independent management unit. Weed Prevention Area Program
Montana State University
Phone: 406-994-6749
Email: kgoodwin@montana.edu
Website: http://www.weedcenter.org/wpa/index.htm
People, Partnerships, and Communities A set of fact sheets to facilitate working with people and communities on natural resource issues. Topics include strengthening public involvement, delivering presentations, meeting with community leaders, working with difficult people, and using exhibits for outreach. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
East National Technology Support Center
Social Sciences Team
Phone: 336-370-3336
Website and free download:
http://www.ssi.nrcs.usda.gov/publications
Community and Organizational Development Selected fact sheets to assist groups in working more effectively. Topics include organizing and running meetings, techniques for working with groups, and how to motivate volunteers. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 775-784-7070
Website: http://www.unce.unr.edu
Click on Publications for free download
Western Resource Issues Education Series A series of fact sheets aimed at integrating education, facilitation, and citizen participation in addressing natural resource issues of public concern. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 775-784-7070
Website: http://www.unce.unr.edu
Click on Publications for free download
Writing Grants for Weed Projects: How to Get the Money From tips for improving your chances of getting a grant to guidelines for writing a proposal, this set of information sheets provides the nuts and bolts of grant writing. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 775-784-7070
Email: donaldsons@unce.unr.edu for information sheets developed by S. Donaldson

For other sheets see Community Leader’s Guide: http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/cd/2001/eb0103.pdf

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