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Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand

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Local Actions

Find out WHO is doing WHAT at the local level. The table below provides a few examples. Keep in mind that there is a lot more going on than what is listed here.

Who What

State and County Governments

Many states and counties have laws and policies related to the management of invasive plants. Comprehensive plans help ensure that various landowners and land managers work together on the issue of invasive plants.

Scientific Research
Who What


Universities conduct local research that is often applicable at a statewide or national level.

University extension services take information garnered by their staff and student researchers and publish it for use by local farmers, ranchers, or other land stakeholders.

Conservation Organizations

Conservation organizations seek to protect wildlife and habitat at the local level by participating in invasive plant research on the lands they manage.

Federal Agencies

See Scientific Research under National and Regional Actions

Who What

Cooperative Weed Management Areas

Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) are partnerships of federal, state, and local government agencies; tribes; individuals; and various interested groups that manage invasive plants in a defined area. Many CWMAs have their own invasive plant management plan that complements state and national plans.

Federal Land Management Agencies

All federal land management agencies are involved in managing invasive plants on their lands.

Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts are geographical areas designated by state legislatures for land and water management purposes.

Awareness and Education
Who What

Invasive Species Associations

In many places, invasive plants are such a problem that groups have sprouted up solely for the purpose of managing and educating about invasives.

Museums and Botanical Gardens

Museums and botanical gardens are working to educate their constituents on invasive plant issues.

State and County Governments

Local governments support programs to get the word out on invasive plants.

Conservation Organizations

Organizations that were established to protect natural resources are now alerting their members about invasive plant problems.