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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Using Ecological Principles to Manage Invasive Species in a Landscape Context

Author
item Svejcar, Anthony

Submitted to: Weed Science
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 2, 2001
Publication Date: October 20, 2001
Citation: SVEJCAR,A.J., USING ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES TO MANAGE INVASIVE SPECIES IN A LANDSCAPE CONTEXT, WEED SCIENCE, 2001.

Interpretive Summary: Invasive weed species are an ever-increasing problem on most areas of wildlands (rangelands and forested lands that are not intensively managed). Relatively expensive mechanical or chemical treatments can be used to deal with point infestations. However, once infestations have become extensive, both cost and environmental concerns limit management options. This paper suggests that plant competition and soil nutrient levels must be considered in the development of weed management strategies on wildlands. Several specific examples are used to suggest how ecological principles might be applied to weed management.

Technical Abstract: Invasive weed species are an ever-increasing problem on most areas of wildlands (rangelands and forested lands that are not intensively managed). Relatively expensive mechanical or chemical treatments can be used to deal with point infestations. However, once infestations have become extensive, both cost and environmental concerns limit management options. This paper suggests that plant competition and soil nutrient levels must be considered in the development of weed management strategies on wildlands. Several specific examples are used to suggest how ecological principles might be applied to weed management.

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