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General Publications and Reports

Provides a list of reports, papers, and other online publications dealing with invasive plants. See Resource Library - General Publications and Reports for general resources and other species.

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  • Publications
    Florida Exotic Plant Pest Council.
    Includes publications, management plans, videos, control guides, brochures, flyers, proceedings, rack cards, reports, weed alerts, and teaching resources.

Native Plants for Your Backyard (PDF | 97 KB)
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Joint Service publication may be useful to those involved with outreach/education concerning invasive plants, those representing the nursery industry, and just for general information. This two page fact sheet lists shrubs, trees, vines, wildflowers, and grasses appealing to wildlife. See also: Southeast EPPC Publications for more publications

Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Invasive Plants of BC (2014)
Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.
The Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Selected Invasive Plants of British Columbia is in its 8th edition (2014), and provides descriptions and images for all weeds legislated under the BC Weed Control Act, both provincially and regionally. This popular booklet also provides identifying information for other selected invasive plants of concern in BC, and ways to report invasive plants in BC. The field guide can be viewing online or purchased.

The Weedy Truth About Biofuels (2008)
Australia Invasive Species Council.
In this ground-breaking report author Tim Low warns that most plants being promoted as biofuels in Australia are serious weeds that should not be grown.

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Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States (Aug 2002)
Published by: USDA. Forest Service. Publication FHTET-2002-04.

Controlling Exotic Plants In Your Forest
Bugwood Network.
Published by: USDA. Forest Service. Southern Research Station. James H. Miller.

Biofuel Crops and the Use of Non-Native Species: Mitigating the Risks of Invasion (May 2008; PDF | 112 KB)
Global Invasive Species Programme.
GISP has a set of recommended actions for consideration by those developing biofuels and has identified a list of potentially invasive species that are being considered as biofuel feedstocks. See also: GISP Publications and Reports for more publications

The Introduced Flora of Australia and Its Weed Status (Sep 2007)
CRC for Australian Weed Management.

The Status of Invasiveness of Forest Tree Species Outside Their Natural Habitat: A Global Review and Discussion Paper (Dec 2003)
UN. FAO. Forestry Department.

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Federal Government

Publication Resources

Stemming the Invasive Tide: Forest Service Strategy for Noxious and Nonnative Invasive Plant Management (1998; PDF | 984 KB)
USDA. Forest Service.

A Guide to Nonnative Invasive Plants Inventoried in the North by Forest Inventory and Analysis (Rev Oct 2017; Sep 2009)
USDA. Forest Service.
Publication General Technical Report NRS-52.
The intent of this guide is to aid Forest Inventory and Analysis field staff in identifying 44 invasive plant species in the 24-state Northern Research Station region (Maine south to Delaware west to Kansas and north to North Dakota). However, this guide can be used by anyone interested in learning about these invasive plants.

Field Survey of Growth and Colonization of Nonnative Trees on Mainland Alaska (2006)
USDA. Forest Service.
General Technical Report PNW-GTR-664.

New Invaders of the Northwest, Second Edition (Dec 2014; PDF | 4.97 MB)
USDA. FS. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
FHTET-2014-12. The purpose of this guide is to help land users recognize new invasive plants early on, before they become large and expensive problems. See also: Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team Publications for more resources

Invasive Plants Established in the United States that are Found in Asia and Their Associated Natural Enemies (Vol 1; 2nd Ed) (Mar 2006; PDF | 7.1 MB)
USDA. FS. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.

Report to the Government of the Cook Islands on Invasive Plant Species of Environmental Concern (Nov 8, 2002)
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Impacts of White-tailed Deer Overabundance in Forest Ecosystems: An Overview (Jun 2008)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.
Land managers, especially in southern New England, need to recognize that deer are exacerbating invasive plant problems, while also seriously degrading native forest vegetation. Integrating aggressive deer population control measures into land management programs holds great promise in restoring these forests.

Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide: An Ecological Perspective of Plant Invaders of Forests and Woodlands (2005)
USDA. Forest Service. Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.
NA-TP-05-04. See also: Supplement 1 (Jul 2006)

Nonnative Invasive Plants of Pacific Coast Forests: A Field Guide for Identification (May 2011)
USDA. FS. Pacific Northwest Research Station.
This new field guide is a concise and well-illustrated field guide for novice botanists and managers alike. The 91-page color guide provides detail on each plant in nontechnical language and photos of different stages of plant development are included to allow reliable identification in the field at different times of the year. Information was synthesized from various national, regional, and state lists, assessments, and botanical guides. The field guide covers California, Oregon, and Washington.

Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Fire and Nonnative Invasive Plants (Sep 2008)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station.
RMRS-GTR-42, vol. 6.
This state-of-knowledge review of information on relationships between wildland fire and nonnative invasive plants can assist fire managers and other land managers concerned with prevention, detection, and eradication or control of nonnative invasive plants.

A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (2010) / Web Version
USDA. Forest Service. Southern Research Station.
Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-119; previous version - Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests: A Field Guide for Identification and Control (2003).

A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (Nov 2010) / Web Version
USDA. Forest Service. Southern Research Station
Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-119
Provides homeowners, gardeners, land managers and others information on controlling and removing invasive plants in the South. The guide provides information on developing strategies for controlling 56 of the most pervasive invasive species in the South. See above for companion guide (A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests).

Final Environmental Impact Statement for Integrated Treatment of Noxious and Invasive Weeds: Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests within Coconino, Gila, Mojave, and Yavapai Counties, Arizona (Jan 2005; PDF | 6.7 MB)
USDA. FS. Southwestern Region.

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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

Improved Native Grasses and Establishment Methods for Use on Military Training Lands (Oct 2003)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center.
ERDC/CRREL Technical Report 03-20

Saltcedar and Russian Olive Control Demonstration Act Science Assessment (2010)
DOI. USGS. Fort Collins Science Center.
According to this report, non-native saltcedar and Russian olive trees that have spread along streams and water bodies in the West may not be as detrimental to wildlife and water availability as believed. Scientists conducted a review of the scientific literature to assess the existing state of the science on the distribution and spread, water consumption, and control methods for saltcedar (also called tamarisk) and Russian olive. One notable finding is that native trees such as cottonwoods and willows along western rivers typically consume as much water as non-native saltcedar and Russian olive.

Invasive Species: Cooperation and Coordination Are Important for Effective Management of Invasive Weeds (Feb 25, 2005)
Government Accountability Office.
Report to Chairman, Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, GAO-05-185
Weed management in the five states reviewed: California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, and Mississippi

Native Plant Guides
DOI. FWS. Chesapeake Bay Field Office.
Includes guides for Maryland and for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Noxious, Invasive, and Alien Plant Species: A Challenge in Wetland Restoration & Enhancement (Mar 2007; PDF | 6 MB)
USDA. NRCS. Wetland Science Institute.
Technical Note No. 190–72

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (Updated 2014, 5th ed.)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Invasive.org.
Published by: DOI. National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.

Report on the Workshop on New Grass Germplasms and Invasive Weed Control (Oct 2002)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center.
ERDC/CRREL Special Report 02-2

Western Rangeland Noxious Weeds: Collecting, Sharing and Using Information (Sep 2001; PDF | 380 KB)
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Proceedings from a Workshop, Phoenix Arizona, Sep 6-7, 2000. Published by the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture. NTIS number - PB2001-107838

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International Government

Invasive Plants of Natural Habitats in Canada: An Integrated Review of Wetland and Upland Species and Legislation Governing their Control (1999)
Environment Canada. Canadian Wildlife Service.

Inventory of Canadian Agricultural Weeds (2003)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Research Branch.

Jumping the Garden Fence: Invasive Garden Plants in Australia and Their Environmental and Agricultural Impacts (Feb 2005; PDF | 1.2 MB)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia).
A CSIRO report for World Wildlife Fund Australia.

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State Government


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Fading Forests Publication Series
University of Tennessee. Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries.

EDIS - How Scientists Obtain Approval to Release Organisms for Classical Biological Control of Invasive Weeds
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY-828

Pacific Northwest's Least Wanted List: Invasive Weed Identification and Management, EC 1563 (2003; PDF | 3.26 MB)
Oregon State University. Extension Service.

Invasive Plant Resource Guide: A Big Book for a Big Problem (2005)
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.

Inventory and Survey Methods for Nonindigenous Plant Species (Sep 2006)
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
MSU Extension Publication EB017. Edited by L. Rew and M. Pokorny, the book is co-published by Montana State University Extension and the Center for Invasive Plant Management. Provides practical information on inventory and survey methods for sites of any size, staffing level, or budget. $20 each, including postage and handling; bulk discounts are available. orderpubs@montana.edu

The Role of Wildfire in the Establishment and Range Expansion of Nonnative Plant Species into Natural Areas (2006)
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.

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

Biofuel Feedstocks: The Risk of Future Invasions (Nov 2007)
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
Several candidate biofuel feedstock species being considered for commercial production in the United States are invasive pests in other regions where they have been introduced. This new CAST Commentary describes the potential risk of dedicated biofuel species becoming weedy or invasive and provides a process to quantify and minimize this risk.

Invasive Plant Species (Feb 2000)
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
Issue Paper Number 13.

Pennsylvania Field Guide - Common Invasive Plants in Riparian Areas (May 2004; PDF | 8.77 MB)
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic (Nov 2008; PDF | 7 MB)
New York Botanical Garden.
Published by the Delaware Department of Agriculture in collaboration with Claude E. Phillips Herbarium at Delaware State University and Delaware Center for Horticulture.
This publication is a full-color, 62-page booklet. The purpose of the work is to facilitate correct identification of confusingly similar invasive and native plant species. Targeted at land managers, gardeners, conservationists, and all others interested in plants, this booklet covers over 20 invasive species and their native look-alikes.

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