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

Author
item Goodwin, Kim
item Sheley, Roger
item Jacobs, James
item Wood, Shana
item Manoukian, Mark
item Schuldt, Mike
item Miller, Eric
item Sackman, Sharla

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.

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