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Cooperative Prevention Systems to Protect Rangelands From the Spread of Invasive Plants
- Goodwin, Kim, Sheley, Roger, Jacobs, James, Wood, Shana, Manoukian, Mark, Schuldt, Mike, Miller, Eric, Sackman, Sharla
- Rangelands 2012 v.34 no.1 pp. 26
- collective action, cooperatives, ecological invasion, ecosystems, invasive species, ranchers, rangelands, social marketing, weeds, Montana
- Invasive plants continue to spread and impact rangelands in the western United States. Fortunately, many rangeland ecosystems still remain invasive weed-free. Cooperative prevention systems can safeguard these remaining areas. Local-level weed prevention areas (WPAs) prioritize prevention in the largely weed-free rangelands of eastern Montana. WPAs direct proactive approaches to weeds, a strategy more successful than common reactive approaches that focus on land already dominated by weeds. In a WPA, ranchers collectively implement specific strategies to protect rangelands from invasion over time. Social marketing campaigns are essential to guide long-view investments in prevention to county weed departments in eastern Montana.