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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: Cooperative prevention systems to protect rangelands from the spread of invasive plants

Author
item Goodwin, Kim - Montana State University
item Sheley, Roger
item Jacobs, James - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)
item Wood, Shana - Montana State University
item Manoukian, Mark - Montana State Extension Service
item Schuldt, Mike - Montana State Extension Service
item Miller, Eric - Montana State Extension Service
item Sackman, Sharla - Montana State Extension Service

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/15/2011
Publication Date: 2/1/2012
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/56239
Citation: Goodwin, K., Sheley, R.L., Jacobs, J., Wood, S., Manoukian, M., Schuldt, M., Miller, E., Sackman, S. 2012. Cooperative prevention systems to protect rangelands from the spread of invasive plants. Rangelands. 34(1):26-31.

Interpretive Summary: Invasive plants continue to spread and impact rangelands in the western United States. Fortunately, many rangeland ecosystems still remain invasive weed-free.Cooperative prevention systems can safeguard these remaining areas. Local-level weed prevention areas (WPAs) prioritize prevention in the largely weed-free rangelands of eastern Montana. WPAs direct proactive approaches to weeds, a strategy more successful than common reactive approaches that focus on land already dominated by weeds. In a WPA, ranchers collectively implement specific strategies to protect rangelands from invasion over time. Social marketing campaigns are essential to guide long-view investments in prevention to county weed departments in eastern Montana.

Technical Abstract: Invasive plants continue to spread and impact rangelands in the western United States. Fortunately, many rangeland ecosystems still remain invasive weed-free.Cooperative prevention systems can safeguard these remaining areas. Local-level weed prevention areas (WPAs) prioritize prevention in the largely weed-free rangelands of eastern Montana. WPAs direct proactive approaches to weeds,a strategy more successful than common reactive approaches that focus on land already dominated by weeds. In a WPA, ranchers collectively implement specific strategies to protect rangelands from invasion over time. Social marketing campaigns are essential to guide long-view investments in prevention to county weed departments in eastern Montana.