Making A Difference On Invasive Plants Problems
The challenges associated with the prevention and management of invasive plants are here to stay. Complex issues such as the effectiveness of international agreements on minimizing plant introductions, the limited scientific understanding of invasive plant ecology and long-term management, and the degradation of undeveloped lands, are just some of the challenges.
Nevertheless, thanks to laws and policies, scientific research, and the hard work of agencies, organizations, and individuals, some invasive plant problems are being solved. Continued success will require steadfast commitment, creative thinking, cooperation, and collaboration at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
SUCCESS STORIES—MAKING HEADWAY
In spite of the challenges land managers face, many have made headway on their invasive plant problems in one way or another. At the annual National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week in Washington DC, people across the United States gather to brainstorm on how to more effectively meet the challenges associated with invasive plants. Thanks to their combination of commitment, creative thinking, cooperation, and collaboration, success stories can be told.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP HUNTS HOUNDSTONGUE IN COLORADO
The US Fish and Wildlife Service and its coalition partners have been successful in reducing houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale) infestations using an integrated management approach (hand-pulling, prescribed fire, and herbicides).
RECOVERY OF LEAST BELL’S VIREO AFTER SUPPRESSION OF GIANT REED IN CALIFORNIA
A partnership of several agencies in California helped restore a native plant community by suppressing giant reed (Arundo donax), making the ecosystem more habitable for an endangered bird.
OUSTING ORANGE HAWKWEED IN KODIAK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Through continuous efforts a pretty, invasive plant is kept under control in Alaska, improving habitat for bears.
MAINE OFFICIALS WORK TO CONTROL THE FIRST HYDRILLA OCCURRENCE IN STATE
Maine officials curb the spread of Hydrilla before it becomes a problem.
PROTECTING A RARE BEAUTY
Controlling leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) in North Dakota improves habitat for a rare orchid.
PULLING TOGETHER RESOURCES TO HELP NESTING SEA TURTLES SUCCEED
In an effort to improve the nesting habitat of a threatened sea turtle species in South Carolina, collaborators are finding success in removing beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) from sand dunes.