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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of a Decision-support System for the Ecologically-based Management of Cheatgrass- and Medusahead-infested Rangeland

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Establishing a weed prevention area, a step-by-step user's guide

Authors
item Christensen, Stephanie -
item Ransom, Corey -
item Sheley, Roger
item Smith, Brenda
item Whitesides, Ralph -

Submitted to: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: December 20, 2010
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Citation: Christensen, S., Ransom, C., Sheley, R.L., Smith, B.S., Whitesides, R. 2011. Establishing a weed prevention area, a step-by-step user's guide. Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center. 1-40.

Interpretive Summary: Traditionally, weed management activities are only initiated after a weed has become a major economic problem in an area. This guide provides a process for individuals interested in developing community based weed prevention areas (WPA) to take a proactive approach to invasive species management. A weed prevention area is a cooperatively managed area focusing on preventing weed infestations and on programs for implementing early management efforts. Establishing a weed prevention area guide is divided into five steps to encourage interested landowners and citizens to organize an effort. These steps include 1) Introducing the WPA concept, 2) Organize the WPA, 3) Develop the action plan, 4) Implement the plan and 5) Evaluate the program. Included in this guide are useful resources to help a group plan and implement a WPA for each step for developing a WPA. Appendix contains worksheets and additional information for community groups.

Technical Abstract: Traditionally, weed management activities are only initiated after a weed has become a major economic problem in an area. This guide provides a process for individuals interested in developing community based weed prevention areas (WPA) to take a proactive approach to invasive species management. A weed prevention area is a cooperatively managed area focusing on preventing weed infestations and on programs for implementing early management efforts. Establishing a weed prevention area guide is divided into five steps to encourage interested landowners and citizens to organize an effort. These steps include 1) Introducing the WPA concept, 2) Organize the WPA, 3) Develop the action plan, 4) Implement the plan and 5) Evaluate the program. Included in this guide are useful resources to help a group plan and implement a WPA for each step for developing a WPA. Appendix contains worksheets and additional information for community groups.

Last Modified: 12/25/2014
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