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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.

Council or Task Force

Criteria for Categorizing Invasive Non-Native Plants that Threaten Wildlands (Feb 28, 2003; PDF | 620 KB)
Southwest Vegetation Management Association; California Exotic Pest Plant Council.
See also: California Invasive Plant Inventory for more resources


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 (2004; PDF | 1.03 MB) 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.

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. See also: Bugwood Network Publications for more resources

Federal Government

A Strategic Plan for Managing Invasive Non-native Plants on National Park Systems Land (Aug 1996)
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.

Plans for Managing Invasive Plants
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.

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.

A National Early Detection and Rapid Response System For Invasive Plants in the United States: Conceptual Design (Sep 2003; PDF | 3.43 MB)
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.
See also: FICMNEW Open Reports for more publications

State Government

Noxious Weed Control Policy and Classification System (2014; PDF | 182 KB)
Oregon Department of Agriculture. Oregon State Weed Board.
See also: Oregon State Weed Board for more resources



Developing an Invasive Plant Policy at a Botanic Garden: Lessons Learned (2006)
Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (2005)
Transportation Research Board. National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP Synthesis 341.

Science Policy
Weed Science Society of America.

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