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Ecologically-Based Invasive Plant Management: Step by Step
- Sheley, Roger L, Smith, Brenda S.
- Rangelands 2012 v.34 no.6 pp. 6
- decision making, ecological invasion, environmental assessment, integrated weed management, invasive species, managers, plant ecology, range management
- Providing land managers with a framework from which to make informed decisions as to the causes of invasive plant infestations has been undeveloped for many years. Understanding the actual ecological causes of these infestations is the basis for ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) program. Designed in a step by step process, EBIPM allows managers to assess the land with special attention to recognizing ecological processes that may be in disrepair, then link ecological principles to choose the best options for integrating tools and strategies, finally they can use adaptive management to evaluate the effect of treatments and change management if needed. Having a framework to assist land managers will lead to more effective management of difficult invasive plants.