Prevention is the key to management. Landowners who identify and remove invasive plants before populations become well established will save money, time, and resources and have better results. Here's a handy list of the worst offenders.
More often than not, an infestation will have become well established before a land manager realizes that there is a problem. At that point, it can be tricky to figure out where to begin, what species to focus on, and what management methods are best. Here are some resources to help you get started.
- The Landowner’s Guide to Invasive Plant Management provides a thorough overview on how to prioritize management activities. It includes tips on management by species.
- A list of some of the top invasive terrestrial plants in Vermont will help you to identify the worse invaders.
- The mechanical control sheet and chemical control sheet summarize management techniques for most species found in Vermont.
Other resources useful resources include:
- USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) programs may provide funding for certain invasive plant control activities.
- Plant Conservation Alliance
- National Invasive Species Council
- USDA National Invasive Species Center
- Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
- Center for Invasive Plant Management
- Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
- The National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils