Invasive plant cover impacts the desirability of lands for conservation acquisition

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A paper by Laura J. Martin and Bernd Blossey published in Biodiversity and Conservation online, April 22, 2012.

Authors surveyed public and private land managers to make choices between hypothetical land parcels that varied in area, plant species composition, and maintenance cost. Results reframe the economic impact of invasive plants in terms of trade-offs that are relevant to conservation practitioners. They also suggest that land managers, acting as public agents, are measurably concerned about the spread of invasive plants.

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