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Management and Identification Guides
- Control and Identification of Invasive Species: A Management Guide for Missouri, published by Shaw Nature Reserve and Grow Native!
- Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic, Natural Resources Conservation
- Weed Control Management Handbook: Tools and Techniques for Use in Natural Areas, The Nature Conservancy.
- Handbook on Targeted Grazing as a Tool for Weed Management
- Review on Fire and Invasive Plants explores relationships between wildland fire and nonnative invasive plants that can assist fire managers and other land managers concerned with prevention, detection, and eradication or control of nonnative invasive plants.
- Aquatic Invasive Plant Management A reference on aquatic invasive plant identification and control, Carole A. Lembi, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
- “Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices”, by the Center for Invasive Species Management, was developed in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, and provides an overview of invasive plant management and planning supported by case studies, quizzes, scientific literature, and web-based resources. The website is best viewed in Internet Explorer.
Midwest Invasive Plant Network: MIPN’s mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest.
- A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of the Midwest The field guide includes color photos, identification information, a map showing range and relative abundance for each species in the region, and information on the ecological threat caused by each species. The species included are 36 of the most widespread and problematic invasive plants in the Midwest. This 68 page, spiral-bound field guide costs $4.00 each.
- Pocket Naturalist Guide to Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S. This guide is a great tool for quick field identification. It is laminated to withstand field conditions, and it fits easily in your pocket or glove compartment. The guide includes descriptions of 69 invasive plants. Cost: $4.00.
- Why Should I Care about Invasive Plants? This colorful, photo-filled brochure outlines the impact of invasive plants on recreational activities throughout the Midwest. It provides basic information about common invaders and also includes common myths about invasive plants. This 23 page brochure costs $1.00 each. Play Clean Go (PCG) partners can find a pdf of this brochure with the PCG logo here.
- Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest is available as a printed foldout brochure or as a smart phone app. The publication offers non-invasive alternatives for ornamental invasive plants. It is written for gardeners and includes short descriptions of the alternatives listed. The brochures cost $0.50 each. The frequently updated app is free and is available as an Android or Apple iPhone or iPad download.
- CWMA Cookbook: A Recipe for Success The CWMA Cookbook is a how-to guide on how to develop and sustain a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) in the Eastern United States. The cookbook provides step-by-step instructions for organizing a new CWMA, in addition to general information on the benefits of CWMAs and a compilation of available funding opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a CWMA in your area and would like to order copies of the CWMA cookbook, please contact MIPN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Keep a Lookout fliers: MIPN’s Keep a Lookout flyersare 1-page handouts that provide photos, range maps, and short descriptions of new plant invaders. See on their publications page.
MIPN’s Invasive Plant Control Database: asdf
Consult this information provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation to learn how to identify and control more than 25 of the most common invasive plants in Missouri.
Native Slender Lespedeza VS Invasive Exotic Sericea Lespedeza
Missouri Noxious Weed List
Missouri State Statute on Noxious Weeds
Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System
One of the most important pieces of information needed to manage invasive plants is knowing where they are located and how widely they are distributed. The Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDSMapS) is an easy way to collect that data and store it in a database that anyone can access. Anyone who can identify an invasive plant can enter the location of a that particular invasive plant. All one needs to do is register on the site and complete a fillable report online. There are instructions for entering a plant’s location available on the site. All records are verified for accuracy. It also has an iPhone App for those that prefer to use their smartphones.
Think About Tables Training to Teach Workshop, hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden
Invasive Bush Honeysuckle Vulnerable in Late Fall: Missouri Department of Conservation
“Patty Unleashed” article in Town&Style St. Louis: A first start for the nature-ambivalent.