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Policy Development

Describes guidelines for developing policies, strategies, and other methods of controlling invasive plants. See Manager's Tool Kit - Policy Development for general resources and other species.

A Strategic Plan for Managing Invasive Non-native Plants on National Park Systems Land
DOI. National Park Service.
The National Park Service prepared this document to describe the impacts of invasive nonnative plants on the National Park System's natural resources and to outline strategies and tactics to help prevent and manage their spread on National Park System lands. This plan describes for National Park Service managers and partners the management challenges facing the agency and outlines ways to better coordinate all National Park Service programs in the fight against invasive nonnative plants.

An Invasive Species Assessment Protocol: Evaluating Non-Native Plants for Their Impact on Biodiversity (2004; PDF | 1 MB)
NatureServe Explorer.

Criteria for Categorizing Invasive Non-Native Plants that Threaten Wildlands (Feb 28, 2003)
Southwest Vegetation Management Association; California Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Draft Action Plan for the Noxious Weeds Program (Jan 2002; PDF | 70 KB)
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

FICMNEW's 2005/2006 Workplan (PDF | 147 KB)
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.

FICMNEW's Pulling Together:  National Goal 2 - Effective Control
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.
Part of FICMNEW's national strategy for invasive plant management.

Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (2005; PDF | 3.05 MB)
Transportation Research Board. National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP Synthesis 341.

Invasive Plant Responses to Silvicultural Practices in the South (Dec 2006; PDF | 2.3 MB)
University of Georgia. Bugwood Network.
This guide is intended to aid foresters and managers in the southeastern U.S. in developing management plans and managing forests threatened by invasive plants. This guide integrates identification of invasive plants, potential mechanisms for spread (natural seed or vegetative production, or human induced spread by cultural practices) and a suite of silvicultural management/control practices.

Invasive Species (I-Rank) Assessments
NatureServe Explorer.
Includes assessments for a total 452 non-native plants of the U.S., searchable by name, location, invasive impact rank (I-Rank), or a combination of these criteria. The assessments are the result of applying a systematic protocol (Morse et al. 2004) to determine the degree of impact an individual non-native species has on the native plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States.
Note: The invasive species ranks (I-Ranks) are on the Status tab. Use the link at the top of the Status tab that says "U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-RANK)" or just scroll down the page until you see the I-Rank select criteria. You can search for individual species by name, by location or search by the overall invasive impact rank.

National Early Warning and Rapid Response System For Invasive Plants in the United States (Draft) (Mar 15, 2002; PDF | 1.07 MB)
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.

Noxious Weed Control Policy and Classification System (Feb 2010; PDF | 138 KB)
Oregon Department of Agriculture. Noxious Weed Control Program.

Pacific Northwest Region Noxious Weed Policy & Strategic Plan (Aug 1999)
USDA. Forest Service.

Planning (Developing a Weed Management Plan) Resources
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
The first step in weed management planning is to identify land management goals, desired plant communities, and weed management objectives. Provides online resources for developing weed management plans to manage the weed species or weed populations that threaten your goals.

Policy Statement on Arundo Donax (Oct 2006; PDF | 61 KB)
Florida Native Plant Society.
The Florida Native Plant Society opposes the agricultural production of Arundo donax (giant reed, egrass, bamboo reed, arundo grass, giant bamboo reed, etc.) as a biofuel in Florida due to its invasive characteristics and empirical evidence of impact on native plant communities. The Society further encourages the eradication of existing stands of this species and the banning of its sale as an ornamental to prevent invasion of native plant habitats in Florida.

Science Policy
Weed Science Society of America.

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