Submitted to: Agricultural Research Service Publication
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/3/2013
Publication Date: 6/3/2013
Citation: Smith, B.S., Sheley, R.L. 2013. Implementing EBIPM: A guide to developing and invasive plant operational plan. Agricultural Research Service Publication. p.1-19. Interpretive Summary: This guideline provides an outline of the steps of ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) to follow in order to develop a working plan for the landscape. At each step we provide a description and examples of how to develop a plan tailored to fit specific management situations. Once a manager completes the steps outlined in the guide they will have a management plan that is ready to implement.
Technical Abstract: Ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) is a step-wise decision-making process that allows land managers to systematically develop restoration and invasive plant management plans. The point is for managers to manipulate ecological processes to cause desired changes in species abundances. The five steps of this holistic EBIPM process include: 1) conducting a Rangeland Health Assessment, 2) identifying causes of invasion and associated ecological processes in need of repair, 3) using ecological principles to guide decision-making, 4) choosing appropriate practices based on principles, and 5) designing and executing an EBIPM plan using adaptive management. We have developed a guide for land managers to systematically consider each step in EBIPM and apply the concepts to their specific situation. Each step has a well-developed description, often with worksheets, providing EBIPM practitioners detailed descriptions of thought processes, concepts, and ideas central to making best management decisions.